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Having become a tradition of the Natha Yoga School, the yoga camp in Bornholm includes the spiritual manifestations performed during the summer solstice, when our spiritual guide Grieg supports two special meditations: one is done exactly at sunrise and the other at the precise moment marking the beginning of the astronomic summer.
About the Summer Solstice – Legends and Subtle Resonances
This special astral moment marks the manifestation at maximum instensity of the solar, yang, masculine energies – which are in resonance with the ability to objectify and bring into awareness, the power of self-control, lucidity, solarity, willpower and the perception of the self-conscious and transcendent aspect of each being.
Linguistically, solstice literally means the moment when the sun stops. For common people, the solstice is that day of the year when, at noon, the sun is at the highest point on the sky (culmination). After this day, the sun begins to descend in its apparent journey on the sky (so that at noon, when it reaches the highest point in that day, it will be yet less high than in the moment of the solstice. Therefore, we can say that his apparent position is diminishing). The more we go towards the geographic North Pole, the lower is the apparent movement of the sun in the sky, and therefore, also the height it rises to at noon. In this way, we can say that the summer solstice is also the day when the Sun is present for us the most, as it is the longest day (and implicitly, the shortest night) in the northern hemisphere.
The subtle resonances of the moment of solstice are mainly connected with the manifestation of a subtle field of maximum solarity, deeply vitalizing and regenerating, in which the individual aspirations, self-determination and will power reach a peak point, being strongly supported by the solar energies.
But, according to the law of polarity (where there is a „plus pole”, there is also a corresponding „minus pole”), during the summer solstice, from the astrological point of view, begins the zodiac sign of Cancer, governed by the Moon. This combination – Sun at culmination, but in the water sign dominated by the Moon, brings the manifestation of the cosmic game between fire and water.
These two elements together, strongly empowering each other, lead to the forceful manifestation of dynamic vitality, overflowing fertility, exceptional creativity, fiery and accomplishing imagination, soul depth and power.
Midsummer (connected with the Solstice) was always celebrated during fertility festivals and celebrations of the merging complementary, masculine and feminine forces. This is proved through the presence of both elements: big fires lit for celebrating the longest day of the year, as well as the sanctifying of waters and faith in their magic power, which then became obvious, and with which people could interact during the solstice. Though it was a celebration consecrated to the Sun in its complete power, the summer solstice was also an occasion for the magic water to come back among people. Swimming in lakes or rivers had a healing effect, representing also a rebirth ritual. In some places, bathing in the dew collected on solstice eve was a beautifying magical practice. In other places, bathing in the water in which, during the solstice night, healing herbs were macerated, representing a cure for regaining health and strength.
In ancient traditions, the solstice night was specific to festivals of fire and the magic of love, to oracles of love and to divination (motivated by people’s desire to know their destiny). It was believed that the fields crops will grow to the height lovers reached when they jumped over the fire in their games during that night. Through the magic powers of fire, girls could foretell about their future husbands. In the same way, demons and evil spirits were cast away. Another symbolic function of the fires lit that night was to stimulate the sun’s energy (the supreme fire element), so that it stayed strong for the rest of summer, ensuring rich crops, ripened in his charmed energy.
People also bathed in rivers and springs with the belief that the water which became alive during solstice would purify them from all dirt, would make them imune to illnesses, would separate them from the past and would prepare them for the future.
Therefore, the summer solstice was and is a time for purifying through the sacred water and subtle fire, a time when magic practices and beneficial rituals become potent and the spirits of the earth and sky walk among people and show themselves to those with merits.
In ancient beliefs it is said that rich golden treasures (another element resonating with fire) can be found, because at midsummer’s eve, magic flames appear above the place where they are buried. Fairies and women with supernatural powers, obtained due to their special communion with the forces of nature, manifest at summer solstice stronger than at any other time of the year.
In the olden days, in our villages, fires lit in peoples yards casted away evil spirits that could contaminate the waters of the fountains. Torches were carried over the fields, with the purpose of removing illnesses from the crops; cattle were forced to walk through fire in order to cast away from them vampire like creatures that could harm them and which were believed to nest between their horns. Firey wheels, representing the sun, were spun down the hills in order to sustain and impel the power of the sun. Big fires were lit at crossroads or on the shores of lakes and ponds in order to purify and cast away any negative entities which were believed to be unable to resist the purifying power of fire during the day of the solstice.
Beyond ancient beliefs, from the subtle point of view, at midsummer the healing energies that impregnate healing herbs manifest fully, making them efficient for the entire year that will follow. And so does the energy of abundance which later on will manifest as prosperous crops. The energy of the summer solstice is considered to be an energy of passion, vitality, creativity and prosperity. In the ancient times there was the belief that the magic practices during the summer solstice had the power to materialize apparently impossible desires and aspirations.
The inspiration to make the solstice meditations in a special way
Celebrating the solstice is an ancient spiritual tradition, present in all religions and cultures under different forms and it had represented a peak event in the celtic tradition. Therefore, even nowadays, more than 40,000 people gather together at Stonehenge in order to re-evoke the ancient ceremonies, aspiring to re-live the magic of those sacred rituals. To benefit from this synchronization of many human beings with the special moment of sunrise in the day of the solstice, the yogi collegues from Tara Yogaschool in England were the first ones who had the intuition to organize a spiral meditation for resonating with the energies specific to the sunrise in the day of the solstice at the Stonehenge site (which is open to public and one can enter the circle of force only in this day of the year!).
In 2007, our school (Natha) organized an initiatic journey to Iceland, together with a group of yogis, with the wish to amplify the resonance with the spirits of nature (gnomes and fairies) which manifest in a very special way in that place. By synchronicity, the journey took place exactly during midsummer!
Then we got the idea to synchronize with the meditations from Stonehenge and we were inspired to organize these triangulation meditations.
Therefore, we searched for the third point of the equilateral triangle formed between Iceland, England and, as an exceptional integration, this was in Finland.
As a high peak of the entire integration, our collegues from Finland also had a summer camp at the same time and they aimed to find the exact point that formed the equilateral triangle, which was in a forest, on the sea shore, and they could organize their camp there!
In this way, the three groups of yogis, forming yang spirals, made a perfectly equilateral triangle (the precision of the measurements, helped by complicated geospatial programs, was amazing, giving an error of less then 5 m on a distance of 2500km)! Thus, the occult initiation in the mysteries of triangulation meditation could be integrated!
This is how this tradition with exceptional results for the participants started and it continues to this day.
This is the fifth year when we celebrate the Solstice in this way, making the two meditations indicated by Grieg in spirals formed by yogis, placed in triangulation on the globe, at very big distances.
After 2007, there were more triangulations between Stonehenge and coresponding points in France and Germany, and in the last 3 years the triangulations were performed between Stonehenge, Bornholm and the corresponding point of the equilateral triangle which was measured to be somewhere closed to Bologna, in Italy.
Bornholm is a famous island, called „magic”, belonging to Denmark, a kind of a danish Avalon, where the belief in the spirits of nature is still alive, where traces of the same culture of megaliths placed on specific points of intensity of the terestrial telluric field are still found. These are formations similar to the circle of power from Stonehenge and the famous round churches belonging to early Merovingien’s esoteric christian tradition.
The triangulation between the 3 yogi spirals (from England, Denmark and Italy) implies two active points which project the energies circulated by the meditation towards the third point, which is passive, receives them and then it impregnates them in the entire subtle network of the planet.
The side of this equilateral triangle has 1950 km and the precision of the measurement is smaller then 5m!
In this way, the yogis from Bornholm and Italy projected the energy towards the Stonehenge spiral, which is a focus of power unanimously recognized as one of the active planetary axis.
Meditating in this way in triangulation, the subtle effects of the energies attracted by resonance and supported by the spiritual guide amplify very much, due to some phenomena that imply the occult law of three and the manifestation of the so-called secret force (the fifth), which unifies, transcends and generates the four fundamental forces of the universe (gravitational force, electro-magnetical force, the force of weak interaction and that of strong interaction).
The two spiral and triangulation meditations supported by our spiritual guide, evoking the profoundly beneficial subtle energies of the moment of solstice are done in unison with the ancient beliefs in the accomplishing power of this special astral moment, by channeling the energies in order to manifest strongly the force idea: „the total anihilation of all malefic energies and the triumph of love and spirituality on planet Earth”.
Significant synchronicities and exceptional experiences that I had in Bornholm on June 21st 2011
The first spiral and triangulation meditation performed at sunrise
The morning was hectic, harsh and cloudy, with a sharp and intense wind, specific to the Danish island. I woke up before sunrise (4.00) and, already lacking sleep, I perceived abruptly the regret of leaving the soft and warm sheets and going out in the wind of the Bornholm island. But suddenly, my heart was animated by the very beautiful subtle feeling of brotherhood with all the yogi colleagues who were also awake and prepared to participate in this spiritual experience. I remembered immediately, without necessarily wanting it, how intense and transcendent was the state I felt at the spirals in Stonehenge, 2 years ago, during the English solstice camp. Shivers of anticipation were already opening my heart and the presence of our spiritual guide Grieg, who supported these activities, appeared clearly in my soul, like a subtle call towards the infinite.
I arrived at the forest where the spiral was going to take place... the atmosphere was very beautiful, the undisturbed silence of the morning, where I could clearly perceive the sleeping consciousness of the people on the island – I could almost touch the sweetness of the morning sleep they were enjoying. There were no cars passing by, there was no human movement, there was only a profound and regenerating peace, outlined by the blowing wind. The birds crossed the sky in their joyful flight and, oh, in the green foliage of the danish forest an entire concert – performed especially for us - on many tonalitites, of joyful and cheerful chirping welcomed us. The spiral was going to take place among the ageless menhirs stuck fast among the roots and rising erect towards the sky, like stone guardians. These menhirs have been in the forest from immemorial ages, marking a center of subtle force, of communion between the celestial and the teluric.
All the yogis from the camp were already there. I was deeply touched to see them full of aspiration, waiting with curiosity for what was going to happen.
Some of them had started the yoga course only a few weeks earlier and they never participated in anything like this... but, above all, I could feel the vivid state of unity in spirit and brotherhood with all the other collegues from our school which were also meditating for one and a half hours, in the powerful solstice morning, in order to greet the midsummer sun with our aspiration towards God and with the desire to help the humankind!...
Meanwhile, ragged clouds were carried out at fast speed above the trees: a typical Danish phenomenon, that gives the impression that somebody is playing, quickly switching the light on and off, completely different to the temperate Romanian climate, where the clouds are rarely rushing in the sky.
So, in the shade, cold and wind, we started the initial stages of the meditation. The magnificent nuanced light of the sunrise was completely hidden by the thick layer of clouds.
First of all, we evoked the other groups of yogis from the spirals at Stonehenge and Italy. My heart was already jumping with the joy of being in unison. As soon as we started the evocation, the series of magic manifestations started. Nature became active, as if wanting to actually participate in our meditation. When we finished the first uttering, the wind suddenly intensified, blowing a strong gust upon the forest leafage, which quivered in response to the communion.
Then we evoked the Danish national soul, correlated also with this especially chosen place in the respective forest, where menhirs from the dawn of humanity have been silently guarding the magic access gates to other subtle parallel realities. As soon as we finished the respective uttering, a powerful sudden rain blast came upon the forest! It was so instant and unexpected that the participants started laughing – what else would better fit the Danish egregor then rain? The rain lasted for exactly 3 minutes, until we started the next invocation – the invocation of our spiritual guide Grieg, in order to tune in to his support. At that moment, a break in the heavy clouds let the sun shine brightly, rising in its magnificent splendour! Synchronistically, the sun beams found their way under the tree branches, bringing a wonderful light upon the entire spiral. The sun was shining intensely in my face, through my closed eyes the light entered my being and I felt a profound state of communion with the gigantic and mysterious nature that vibrated in unison with our master’s support! I suddenly perceived myself as being very tall, straight and thin – like a crystal pole, an antenna between the earth and the sky. Without intention, tears of joy were springing to my eyes at the perception of this manifestation of grace and I continued with consecrating the meditation and activating intensely the force idea of anihilating all the malefic forces and the triumph of spirituality and love on this planet.
The meditation started; I felt a state of clarity and purity of the consciousness that are difficult to describe in words. On this background, new aspects appeared as an unshakable reality, even if many things were unexplainable in a rational and discursive way. Nonetheless, they were clear to the smallest detail – bright as daylight. My spiritual intuition told me they are „images” from the supramental, clarifying what I was feeling into a new, superior and synthetic knowledge. In this way, among other things, I remembered with amazement the state of subtle communion along the force lines of the triangle formed by the three groups which were meditating in unison at that moment, forming a kind of „tool” for transforming consciousnesses, without knowing how this will actually happen. I only had the intuition of a huge responsibility of that action (which was working intensely for accomplishing the purpose to which it was consecrated). Another aspect that was outlined then was the way the energies of the Danish group appeared like force vectors oriented towards Stonehenge, where they united with the ones coming from the Italian group. It was as if I could see these huge arrows of consciouness accumulating subtly in the sacred circle of the stones in England and from there, following thin lines of channeling the teluric energies, they divided into a regular network in the being of the entire planet, purifying its aura, energizing and uplifting it.
Another aspect I perceived then was a special state of sacredness and fusion with the energies of nature, which were very subtle and refined in that Bornholm forest. I felt the tree spirits (some very tall and very old) waking up to life and orienting their attention towards us, surprised and enchanted by this bath of magic energy, into which the spiral was harmoniously ascending. Next to them I perceived certain very old entities – like some giants of condensed time, dust of the centuries and millenia alchemized into pure energy, the direct experience of becoming and transience. In a mysterious way, they were associated with the erect stone menhirs from the forest, which time had forgotten and had left them whole, just like ancestors of life itself. The clear intuition I had was that the raw stone of the menhirs represented only the shadow of the visible body, but the conscisousness in the subtle level was like a huge antenna through which the subtle energy circulated freely, an intense flow rising from them to the infinite blue sky, piercing the whirl of clouds that were rushing in ephemeral rags all the way beyond the moon, beyond the planets of the solar system, towards the vast and vivid universe... Simultaneously, I became aware of the importance of the chosen astronomic and astrological moment – the solstice, the maximum of light of the year. It seemed that this facilitated the energetic „reception” and „transmission” towards very far away areas of the Macrocosm, because the necessary subtle conditions were fulfilled, especially the temporal ones related to certain mysterious cycles.
I entered a kind of supramental communion with these entities – time giants – which seem to transfer knowledge and experience into my „inner” computer, but the transfer speed was super fast and the inscribing of the highly encoded data made it almost impossible for my mind to translate into an intelligible language what was going on! It seemed as if that transferred energy was destined to modify the planetary level of consciousness (and, implicitly, to the consecrated goal of these triangulation meditations). In this direction, I was a simple tool – willing, but not unique nor special, used for this purpose. The state of natural and profound mystery was so intense that my entire being was full of enchantment and amazement. I contemplated this fascinating and magic game of knowledge and energy during the 90 minutes of the meditation. At a certain point, the music stopped. I opened the eyes and I saw the technical guy rolling a cable and I was sure he was going to change the power generator in order to continue. So, I closed the eyes, continuing to savor the effects of the meditation. A few more minutes passed until somebody whispered in my ear that in fact the music stopped because the time for the meditation had finished. For me, it seemed like maximum 20 minutes had passed. My body did not feel the tiredness of standing still, my fingers were not numb – the intensity of the experiences made possible my transfer into a dimension in which human time flow did not touch me...
Being highly impressed by this yang spiral meditation, I decided to stay a bit longer, in order to become aware of the effects. I told my friends to go to the villa where we kept the activities and I sat down, supporting my back against one of the mehirs. In the wonderful minutes that followed, I felt very clearly two things: first of all, an overwhelming state of intense joy for having participated in that experience and having brought my humble share, as a relay for the circulated energy. And secondly, the fact that this manifestation (which had been telepathically supported by Grieg) ended because he ended the activity. I felt so clearly as if the „cosmic concert” ended because the conductor ended it and I felt the savor of having participated in it, as well the difference of states, between how it felt when the „celestial music” overflowed in waves supported by Grieg and how it was when this did not happen anymore. In this way, I understood once more the significance of this subtle support of an action by a being with a perfectly awakened consciosuness, as our beloved spiritual guide is.
The second spiral triangulation meditation done at the solstice astronomic moment (at 17 o’clock)
After such an overwhelming experience at the sunrise, I was looking forward for the afternoon, in order to savor once more the triangulation spiral. But, as it is often the case, the effects were not as clear as in the morning. 20% was clouded by my own inability to clearly connect to the subtle manifested energies. In this way, I perceived as disturbant the noise from the nearby street, the presence of some people passing by through the woods, even my own thoughts, that were having expectations... I needed more then half an hour to focus inside and to participate actively. I became aware about this by evoking Grieg’s subtle guidance. I identified with him, as if my being was enliven by his consciousness, which I invited to manifest freely through me. It was only then that remarkable effects of fusion with cosmic, gigantic energies, with forces of nature, and, towards the end, even with the giant but so sensitive entity – the Earth, started to appear. In this meditation I perceived the presence of the forest spirits – gnomes and elves, and the telluric and airy polarity of the energies in that grove.
After the end of this activity, I came back to the camp with my heart refreshed, deeply regenerated by the stream of extremely refined and super-human energies I had gone through, with great joy in my heart and with an exuberant enthusiasm for starting the spiritual summer that was awaiting us...
I am sitting in my bed with my laptop on a Friday evening in the start of January, and recalling my wonderful experiences from the Heart of Tantra-retreat from December 27th 2010 to January 2nd 2011.
I knew already since the Summer Camp 2010 that I wanted to participate – and had promised myself already when I left the Summer Camp that I would be on stage somehow. At that time it seemed very easy to make that promise to myself – and after all, I could always draw it back when the New Year's camp came nearer.
As the months passed, I began to doubt if I wanted to go – after all, I had taken a tapas with not thinking about love relationships for three months, and being in celibacy, but also felt that I could go and just learn about love – after all it couldn't hurt me. I felt a lot of contradictions within – I didn't really know if I wanted to go, I had been working a lot before Christmas and was tempted to just stay at home and pretend to be in the camp, but just stay in mauna in my apartment for the week and paint, write and relax. And I was ill and needed to heal, and all in all, I was just reluctant and didn't really feel that there were any reasons to go that were as good as my wishes to stay at home.
But I went.
And boy, was I in for a lot of surprises...
The first day started out with getting a place in the dormitory and talking to the other girls – a bunch of sweet Shaktis. In the evening I remember a wonderful heart-opening icebreaking activity where I really felt a wonderful energy of love and warmth – and I was quite surprised because normally I haven't been very good at feeling love from others – but that evening I just showered myself in receiving and relaxing, expecting the best.
And then, on the next day, the program really took off – we started working on the Miss Shakti show, and suddenly it seemed that there was no breaks or room to digest – just activity, planning, whirlwinds, energy all around, and missing the men – as we were in polarity for the first days (a time only for women and men being together in two separate programs). I struggled to surrender to this – that I could not decide when to do what, as I was all the time depending on rehearsal schedules, coordination, waiting for the others, waiting for my own inner voice, just waiting. For me as a super Virgo it was quite a challenge – but it went surprisingly well, and I found myself smiling a lot of times, really feeling abundantly happy.
We had very very interesting lectures and meditations – and also in the meditations and exemplifications I felt a lot of joy being released within – I remember that in one of the meditations I had the feeling of being in the middle of God's heart, until it struck me that it was surrealistic to think about the middle of something without limits or boundaries – and in that very moment I felt my own heart expanding infinitely with God's heart and I didn't perceive any difference between me and God. And I just... relaxed.
As the days went by the program got tighter – not the official program, but the personal one. It became more and more difficult to sleep, because there were so many things I wanted to do – but at the same time I felt happy, because I surrendered to this feeling.
And still I had so many moments of just being happy and having a surplus of energy.
Then we had a wonderful ritual where we had a wonderful possibility of experiencing love in different shapes and nuances – a ritual that I hope will be repeated again so that many people will feel the grace.
In this ritual one of the men asked me if I was happy tonight, and I answered: “Yes... I think I am.” And he hugged me and said: “Remember to always be happy”... and I realized that for the last days I had felt happy, but for a wile ago I lost trust in love, or lost faith in love. And I realized that I had been very influenced by the fact that some of the others had been struggling very much with their own self confidence and other personal issues – and that I had a deep feeling that I wasn't allowed to be happy if other people around me were sad or struggling. That really healed some deep emotional wounds in me and I was very very grateful – and once again I realized how merciful God is for always seeing our needs, our real and true needs, and not only the things that we ask Him to heal.
I felt very much that I walked in the grace of Tara – even though I didn't know so much about that specific aspect of God. But in every moment I let go of more and more, and just felt that every time I let go of my ideas of control, I received so much peace and bliss inside.
Then it was time for celebrating New Year's Eve. And we celebrated with meditations and communion. This was very special and blessed for me – I learned so much about the different cosmic powers, and felt so relaxed and soft inside – like my heart was just listening to the sound of Home, to the Father's Heart.
As the morning came, the party took over, but I wanted to stay in the silence of the meditation and communion and went to bed at half past four, with an overflowing heart.
Then came the celebration of Miss Shakti Copenhagen 2011. All the participating girls had prepared a little individual show, and we also had some shows that we did together – like the intro show.
This evening was really really amazing – and very special and sacred for me. I wanted very much to be able to feel transfiguration from others, as I am normally not very good at taking it in – but I wanted to learn it. So on this night, I chose as my personal show to tell a little bit about my world and the things I like to do – and thereby I told about my interest in some of the 64 traditional feminine arts from the Indian culture and Kama Sutra. I had chosen for instance my interest in learning languages, making people laugh, writing, singing, playing, painting, decorating, cooking. And then I read a poem aloud in Danish and in English. But I also felt it was important to me not just to tell things, but also to show – so I chose to stand on stage and just let people look at me – in all my vulnerability and femininity. Let them see my qualities and nature – and let them see my heart.
I really really loved that whole evening – and I felt very surprised to see that my nervousness and anxieties about it just melted away, in benefit of surrendering. I am normally very competitive and much attached to doing things as perfect as possible – but that night I just went on the stage with the feeling that nothing could go wrong, because I was just there to enjoy myself, celebrate all the wonderful women and their unique qualities, and just... have the time of my life.
I was really amazed and thrilled to see all the different qualities that the women manifested – and at the same time I felt very much that we were all one.
I didn't 'win' – but I certainly didn't lose anything either – I was much rewarded with love and openness and the feeling that Everything Was Allright – and that I was just were I was supposed to be. And I was happy to see that I was able to let go of a lot of old habits and needs – normally I would have asked others a lot of times if I was okay, if my show was okay, and if I did okay – but this time I (almost) just relaxed. And I felt so blessed, even with this little 'almost' – I was aware that I had let go of so much, and it was okay that there was still some issues left.
The next day was the last – and we had an absolutely amazing lecture with Mihai and Adina Stoian. All the lectures in the camp were forming a circle where everything was perfectly integrated, every information was holding hands with the others, and I felt I was in the middle of a circle of wisdom – and that it was all a present for me. I really felt the fireworks came with the last lecture and the closing of the camp with crystallization and reabsorbing the spiritual field.
When I came home, I instantly met my old resonances – like a kind of spiritual test. I felt exhausted, and like I had pains in all parts of my body, and like I had no energy at all to transform anything in my life. I had some days off and was able to spend time watching what hit me.
And I soon realized that now was the time for really devoting my life to transformation, to love, to God – instead of doing what I always have done: trying to fix everything I think I can fix myself and then give the leftovers and whatever I find 'nice and neat' to God.
I realized that now was the time for 'the whole package' – not just believing in God, but living in God – surrendering.
And I witnessed with great joy that my job kind of slipped through my hands, and that I suddenly had an open future on that field (wow, then I can start by giving that to God...) - and also other parts of my life suddenly transformed dramatically before my open eyes.
And suddenly I see the symbol of the Supreme Self - Atman in front of me from time to time – and I feel so grateful and surprised that the retreat that I felt so reluctant to participate in, could give me so much, and could liberate so much in me, giving me integrity, strength, love and ability to be a witness to my life.
I also felt so happy and joyful that every time I did something that would normally feel embarrassing or shameful to me, I could instantly transform it into even more joy and laughter – and just see it as a chance to surrender even more. And even now, where I am writing this article and thinking if people will like it, I feel happy because I am aware that I think it – and aware that it cannot in any way separate me from God or love – so again I just watch, learn and surrender.
At some point during the camp I contemplated what my biggest desire was. And I found out that my biggest desire was to reach a point where my biggest desire was total liberation, and nothing else. I think the camp, the love, the spiritual support, the test when I came home, my awareness and surrendering – all these supported by the amazing conditions in the retreat, the wonderful people, the wise lectures, the energy field and maybe my own aspiration – I think the camp opened the doors to this journey for me.
And I am very very grateful – and full of trust in my transformation, in God's grace and love, and I look so much forward to continuing the quest, and exploring the infinite adventure.
I wish you all love...
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- Picture Gallery - Tantra Camp 2009
- New Year's Camp - 2007 by Elodia Thallon
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- (Past events)
by Elodia Thallon
From 28th December until 2nd January people from all over Europe gathered at Natha’s new yoga centre to participate in a camp dedicated to tantra and in particular to the practical application of tantric teachings in the daily life. The theme of the camp was “Polarity: The secret of effective transformation in life.”
Dimmed candle light penetrates the windows of a hall in the courtyard of Nordre Fasanvej 230; passionate music fills the air, enticing you to approach. Something is definitely happening here, something which seems very different to how most people in Denmark spend their Christmas holiday. Observing this place from the outside it would appear that my expectations of how it must be to celebrate the new year in a tantric environment are met, but there is only one way to find out what is really going on…
I step inside and am greeted by two beautiful hostesses. After signing in and being guided to my sleeping quarters on the 4th floor, I hastily descend and enter the hall which had so aroused my curiosity upon arrival. I walk in to another world.
Large paintings of ethereal women and passionately entwined couples are mounted on high walls draped with red and golden fabrics, people recline over colourful cushions, yoga mats and each other, and at the far end of the room a high altar bears a huge statue of Shiva Nataraja, performing his cosmic dance above us all. In this large, high ceiling-ed space they have managed to create an intimate, temple-like atmosphere, which awakes within my being a magical feeling of possibility. My sentiments are mirrored in those around me, whose states of happiness and elation are obvious, their smiles and laughter are infectious and help me comfortably ease into this new environment.
This year Natha Yogacenter moved its annual New Year’s Camp to Nørrebro, Copenhagen, to a location which is being touted as the home of one of the most ambitious spiritual projects ever undertaken in Denmark, and maybe even in the whole of Northern Europe. It is an enterprise between a range of different spiritual projects in which the main pillar is Natha – Scandinavia’s foremost school of tantra and yoga, which has gained the trust of the public and media alike as the authority on the original teachings of tantra and yoga.
“People who are interested in yoga or tantra visit us from all over the globe to find out what it is all about. They come to follow the courses or workshops, or they come to get alternative advice concerning their relationships, their sexual problems or other personal and spiritual issues or how to cure severe health situations and diseases. Or they simply just come to have a good time and to drink a cup of tea,” explains Emanuel, a member of the project group for the renovation of Concordia, as Natha’s new location is already aptly named.
Natha’s Tantric New Year’s Camp was a test project to find out how the space could be best exploited and organised before the actual opening of the centre, which will take place in May.
A unique thing about Natha’s tantric camps is the way the ancient tantric teachings are made accessible for the modern day man and woman. The teachers, Mihai and Adina Stoian – who have many years of experience in dealing with polarity – succeed time and time again to put the tantric teachings into practice, transforming high tantric principles and ideas into a field of individual spiritual experiences.
“When we read a book presenting the tantric teaching from a feminine point of view a man will feel thrilled and refreshed by it. It could be the revelation of his life. A woman on the other hand might find it inspiring or interesting but never more than that because it is already in her nature to be like this. The path of tantra looks very different for the man and the woman,” Mihai explains.
Polarity: creating attraction and dynamism
The title of this camp was: ‘Polarity: The secret of effective transformation in life.’
After a meditation to open the event, Mihai announced that for the next two days men and women should remain separate, refraining from all forms of communication and contact in order to build up polarity. During this time of separation we were to develop polarity within our own being in order to get to know ourselves better, thus enabling us to then be better able to polarise members of the opposite sex. I got the distinct feeling that this process didn’t sit too well with some of the participants and to top it all off, we would end the separation with a day of silence. To anybody not already in the know, it was immediately evident that tantra goes much deeper than its popularly associated depictions of the iconic Kama Sutra and its sexual positions. With an objective like transformation, it was sure that this camp was going to provide us with those challenges which arise through the processes of spiritual growth.
Polarity can be defined as the relationship between two terms which have the highest degree of opposition possibile and at the same time they condition each other, like the poles of a magnet, and it is one of the laws upon which the universe is built. As such, it is a cornerstone in the successful understanding and application of the teachings of tantra. Personally, I had always taken this notion for granted, considering it only insofar as those opposing forces of plus and minus, positive and negative, yang and yin, etc. What unfolded for me in the next six days far exceeded any expectations I had ever had of exploring this topic. I have quickly come to realise that the law of polarity is grossly misunderstood and wrongly underutilised by today’s society, which is the direct result of its being kept secret by few who have understood its importance in the life of the human being. Hence my seriously skewed view upon the subject.
By creating the right circumstances and by helping people to focus on the details of a subject, the participants seemed to open up to this new ‘tantric’ way of experiencing themselves, in accordance with their own pace and abilities, of course.
Here’s how newcomer, Peter felt about his experience: “Being a total beginner in this new world of tantra, what I learned most from this camp is how polarity between the genders really works. A person like me coming from the street is used to hearing all the time about equality between the sexes, but I realised that tantra goes beyond these preconceptions of our society and goes into depth with how things are in reality. After I gave up my own limited understanding about polarity I realised that when we appreciate the differences and specific qualities of being a man or a woman we create power, dynamism and attraction between us and not discrimination and conflict. This was a big revelation to me.”
One of the people involved with running the camp, and a seasoned tantric practitioner, Mironel , “The camp was very practical and straight as far as building polarity, both in the couple relationship, but also inside your own being. It was more about the ‘how’ and the ‘what’ about polarity compared to previous camps.”
To experience with awareness
During our time of separation the women had their lectures in one location while the men had theirs elsewhere. Amongst the many aspects about femininity which were discussed, the women learnt that even if they are incredibly curious about what is being discussed amongst the men, it is, quite frankly, none of their business and a curiosity as such only serves to their detriment, because, as Mihai explained, women have to stop their unconscious process of scattering themselves by being more interested in what’s going on in the lives of others, and instead they should focus their energy on themselves, getting to know themselves intimately and honestly.
These statements resonated strongly with me, bringing to attention the ease with which I get distracted by the external world, and how much energy I waste living other people’s lives. A shocking revelation to say the least! Fortunately there is a remedy for this innate tendency of the woman, to polarise herself through awareness. Mihai enlightened us on the subject, by explaining that women have the tendency to live their lives through experience, while men tend to live through awareness. This sounds all very black and white, but looking closely at the reality, I began to understand that this is indeed true. I could see how women embrace reality more through emotional involvement – experience - whereas men have a tendency to stand back from situations and observe them – awareness. Given that we are looking at these aspects from the point of view of polarity, the point is then to harmonise ourselves by balancing these two aspects within our being.
Lisa shares with us her experience of this: “During the camp I became more and more aware of how my unbalances are due to lack of polarisation and how simply by putting awareness on the problem – which is what women have to learn mostly – things are changing immensely. I feel very intimate with myself when I become aware that I am, and this greatly affects my connection to others. I feel more centered and secure and I can meet them from the heart. I feel that when I step out a bit I become more calm and can contain the whole situation intimately in my heart. And also the experience becomes more rich when I am not passionately rushing along with my feeling of it without really being aware of it.”
Holger explains further: “We were told how the masculine nature functions compared with the feminine one. Basically it is all about the ability to become aware and the ability to experience. For women it’s easy to experience life, it’s simply in their nature, but it is more difficult to become aware of what they experience and to remember it afterwards. As for us men we are naturally endowed with awareness and the ability to remember what we are about, but we are challenged when it comes to the art of experiencing life through our senses.”
One of the exercises for the men was therefore to experience their physical body and their breathing. Holger: “I have begun to notice how I very often put myself in bodily position which I honestly do not like or do not find comfortable. Or food which I usually consider delicious was not that delicious when I focused on the taste of it, instead of being in my mind! I learned somehow to become more intimate with myself and with the experience of myself.”
To find out more about what was going on in the arena of the masculine, I asked Mironel. He said: “The highlight of the advice for the men was to learn to live really by principles. This is what is building up polarity inside men. To orient every action that you take towards a fixed principle, this will build up a strong centre inside,” When asked what could be such a principle and what is your principle, he explained, “Well I even asked Mihai about what was his principle to get an idea myself. And he said that now he lives by the principle of love and that every action he takes should come from the heart, from love, but it had not been like that always. He had other principles before, like self-improvement and that then every action he took was to improve himself. By this I understood that the principle has to be practically applicable in your life. So right now my principle is self-giving and to help others. That every action I take must be to help other people in one way or another.”
Developing intimacy with ourselves
On the fourth day of the camp we did a technique for developing the state of intimacy. This involved sitting opposite another person, preferably of the opposite sex, and with eyes closed to awaken a state of intimacy within ourselves and then to take this state and to expand it in order to experience intimacy with the one before us and with our surroundings. A seemingly simple technique, this experience awoke a very profound state of consciousness inside of me. Afterwards I perceived a strong feeling of being unified with everyone in the room, quite literally as if we were one. I could then see from this new perspective how my usual state of consciousness is so full of illusion, how I am living with a false sense of separation from my environment and from everyone else. I could see how all my confusions, doubts, problems etc arise because of this false sense of separation. In these precious moments following the technique, I felt that we are all united in one sphere of consciousness which I knew then that this is really all that exists.
About admiration and adoration
Another way in which the game of polarity was explored in the camp was through the game of admiration and adoration. On the final night of the camp we performed a simple tantric ritual which was created to help the men learn to adore the women and the women to adore the men. The natural tendency is for men to admire women and women to adore men, therefore in order for each of us to better polarise ourselves and others we need to find the balance between these two aspects by learning to embrace that aspect which doesn’t come so easily to us. Therefore the ritual focused on the men’s adoration of the women and the women’s admiration of the men. Through the specific spheres of force of the Mahavidya, the 10 fundamental aspects of God, who are also known as The 10 Great Cosmic Powers, we were able to explore these notions of adoration and admiration. The women dressed themselves up as goddesses and then proceeded to select lots to decide which Maha Vidya they would be supported by for this ritual and also for the coming year. Then the men selected the same lots to decide which goddess they would adore, and they took their place before Her. After performing the ritual of adoration the men stood in a circle facing outwards and the women stood before them, and the practice of admiration took place.
Bibiana explains her take on adoration and admiration: “Sometimes the woman steals the initiative from the man, simply because he is too slow,” she laughs. “We as women have to learn to admire the man much more, which means giving him compliments, reflecting and consciously seeing the nature of his actions. We naturally adore him more than we admire him by following our first impulses blindly, and even though it looks beautiful from the outside, we are like flowers, not very aware of what we are doing!”
Mironel sees the situation like this: “My lover obviously adores me a lot. She’s the one cleaning and preparing for me before I arrive home, or putting small letters in my shoes. Very beautiful. It’s not so often though that she gives me compliments about things and so on. I on the other hand obviously admire her more than I adore her. Like telling her, ‘you really transformed from what you did there. Or since you started that action I see you changing very much in this and that way’. Yet there is nothing which makes her melt more than when I bring her chocolate and flowers or some other small surprise.”
From the outset it was obvious that my new year’s experience in Concordia was going to be something extraordinary. Personally I don’t believe that words can do justice to such an experience. The age old adage that tantra adheres to, ‘a gram of practice equals a ton of theory’ comes to mind. It doesn’t matter how much you hear, see or read on the topic, only by becoming involved and putting tantra into practice do you begin to understand what it’s all about. So, what really goes on at a tantric new year’s camp? There’s only one way to find out…
The future of a tantric school
What about the future? How does the future look for a school which is somehow challenging some basic belief systems and values in our society? I asked Sahajananda Porslund the PR executive of Natha Yogacenter about the future of a tantric school:
“The school (Natha) is developing rapidly. It is going through a period of expanding transformations and as such following the enormous growing interest for yoga, tantra and spiritual knowledge in our society. I think we will see ten times as many people active in our school within the next five years alone, and if it is so I am very happy that we have now got a much bigger place to serve this need.”
- (Past events)
Today, for the seventh year in a row Natha Yogacenter holds the tantric festival in Bhoga ashram. The festival has become a wonderful tradition, each year dedicated to deepen a certain aspect of the tantric approach to life. This year the topic of the camp is to understand the game of polarity – and ultimately to transcend the two opposite poles of manifestation by understanding them through direct experience.
This is the 6th tantric festival I participate in and I have been looking forward to this one with curiosity and excitement since my experiences the previous years have been very beautiful and have taught me in a direct way some very valuable aspects of yoga and tantra. Being a yoga student for nearly 10 years now doesn’t at all mean that I have learned all there is to know about these aspects, on the contrary. It seems that the more knowledge I get, the more I realize how many things I still need to learn. Nathas leading teacher, Mihai Stoian, and his wife Adina Stoian, kept the opening conference in the afternoon explaining why polarity is such an important issue on the tantric path. All the yoga practices and advanced tantric techniques are based on the game of polarity between the two fundamental energies in the universe, the feminine creative energy and the masculine energy of consciousness. Without a basic understanding of the interaction between these energies the different techniques will be of little efficiency and you are unable to truly practice tantra. Therefore it’s of great importance for beginners as well as advanced yoga practitioners to gain a deeper insight into the fascinating game between Shiva and Sakti. To support and intensify this process of becoming aware of the game of polarity during the festival certain rules will be applied. Men and women will live separately during the first days of the festival and follow different spiritual programs. It’s a very common misunderstanding in our society today that men and woman are the same and must be treated completely equally, since in reality men and woman are as different as the sun and the moon. It’s a source of unhappiness and frustration when we lose touch with the specific characteristics of our respective natures and become incapable to understand our self as well as the opposite sex. In this festival all participants are invited to join the game of re-discovering the polarity which has as its ultimate goal the transcendence of duality by obtaining the state of androgyny.
After the opening conference some re-arrangements were necessary to make in order to separate men and women, but this unexpected change in the living conditions were received with openness due to a great willingness to gain deeper self-insight by direct experience. The last “common meal” was eaten together before the separation of men and woman took place. After a delicious dinner there was a short introduction of the program of the following days and a meditation on the state of unconditional happiness. The male participants in the festival had to get up 4.30 next morning in order to start a long program of intensive yoga practice for amplifying the masculine energies and were quick to head off to bed. Being a woman I had the (in my eyes at least) privilege of sleeping until 9 the following day, so I stayed with the other woman enjoying a cup of tea and some chocolate cake. It felt really good being a woman and the same sensation appeared when I was woken up at 4 in the morning by the bell announcing that the men’s program started. I snuggled up in my sleeping bag with a feeling of admiration for the men who would spend the next two hours in meditation outside in the cold morning air. I felt how the process of polarization already started to appear.
As mentioned yesterday the woman’s program started at 9 with 2 hours of common yoga practice. It was my first experience to practice yoga together with such a big group of only women and the difference in the energy, compared to my normal yoga class, was easy to perceive. Even if many of us didn’t know each other yet, a feeling of togetherness was starting.
During the day we hardly saw the men. They were all keeping mauna (silence) so the only thing you could hear in Bhoga ashram was the sound of women laughing and talking happily. When the meals were served men and woman stayed at each side of the dining hall and the effects of the polarization was becoming even more obvious. The men were silent and introspective, making the women feel light and joyful. Suddenly it was a striking experience just to look a man into the eyes and the emotional numbness due to the (sad) phenomenon “unisex” and lack of polarization in every day life was replaced with a thrilling sensation of playful attraction.
In the afternoon, while the men continued their intensive yoga practice, the woman met for a conference with Adina Stoian. A lot of interesting material was presented explaining about the ideal of the perfect Sakti, for whom all doors in this creation are open. We were reminded that everything we experience in life is created by our thoughts and we are fully able to create the life of our dreams. Each woman gave a short introduction of her-self and as the hours passed an atmosphere of friendship appeared. By listening to each other and sharing I became aware of women’s great capacity to assimilate the best qualities in each other. A feeling of sympathy and I dare to say even love started to arise between us.
In the evening lecture the woman and men met for the first time this day for a common activity. We were situated in each side of the room facing each other, and the game of polarization was now manifesting in a very obvious way. The field of energy between the two poles was vibrating in the room and filled me with a great joy. The strong polarization made me feel complete and at the same time very energized. Even after a long day full of impressions and experiences I stayed up till late in the night to finish some tasks and just a few moments before the men would start a new day of intensive practice, I went to bed with an even deeper admiration than I felt the night before. If you haven’t experienced it perhaps a little hard to understand what is so attractive about a man getting up even before sunrise, meditating outside in the cold, keeping silence, taking cold showers and doing all other kind of activities that you don’t usually find on a woman list of things she would like a man to do. But not even the best suit and nicest car can match a man who has set himself a goal and without any further hesitation follows it. It gives a feeling of inner security because you know that here is a man who you can trust to follow. I am somehow amazed how many things already start to crystallize after being just two days in the festival. A big chapter of life has been opened and as I start to read it I discover infinite many secrets hidden between the lines.
The third day of the tantric festival was guiding us even deeper inside. Through simple code of conduct, staying in silence, restraining from eating and an intense meditative program our being was purified and lead towards a continuous deepening of our inner world.
How do we find our way in life? In the morning lecture Mihai explained how we often use a different roadmap than the one which actually corresponds to where we are in our life. On any roadmap you have infinite possibilities of choosing your way. There is always a left or right turn to take and only in the moments where we reach a dead end not included in the map do we realise that we are using the wrong map.
We often believe that we are somewhere which we are not and for this reason we often take actions or decisions which are based on pure imagination or superstition, and which have nothing to do with reality and our real situation in life.
This day was the moment of truth for everybody in the camp. Silence and introspection prevailed and only sporadically could the sounds of whispering or the walking across the courtyard be heard. Everybody had the chance to relax deep inside and let go of all tensions and reactions, which often are created inside of us when we constantly interact with our surroundings.
Staying in such conditions somehow naturally give us the opportunity to align ourselves with the truth through a constant awareness on our inner reactions instead of, as we often choose, to project any problem or personal limitation on the outer reality. When the only feedback we receive is what our mind produces, it becomes more clear how all problems in fact derive from our own lack of awareness and honesty about who we are and what we are about.
Everybody received a questionnaire with questions helping and guiding us to go deeper inside and in complete honesty and transparency of our heart consider some fundamental conditions of life. Even though you are not here with us in the middle of this amazing process of tantric self enquiry I invite you here to consider some of these questions in connection with your own life situation. Remember that the answers are for your selves only. It is not to prove anything or create a certain image in the eyes of anybody else. And they are not meant to be answered in a formalised way, creating a certain explanation or correct answer. The questions are guidelines to penetrate deeper inside your selves and unveil all your habitual masks and self images, and slowly to get closer to the true and objective perception of yourself. This is often not even a mental process, but a process of reflection on another level, where the mind becomes still and thereby allows us to access both the deeper realms of the subconscious and the sublime serene intuitions of the superior consciousness. So sit down comfortably and let go of all other projects and worries before you throw yourself into this exercise. Good luck!
Are you happy about your relationship with God? Can you do more for that relationship to get better?
Did you fulfill your goals in life until now? Are you happy with the way you are going for that?
What is the level of consciousness are you at now? Can you define it by describing few of its characteristics?
What is your very next goal to achieve in your spiritual practice? Are you doing enough for the moment to achieve it?
Are you happy with your job? Is it going in the direction you aspire in the deepest corner of your heart?
Is your love life satisfactory? Do you love enough so that you feel your heart fulfilled? If not, how much more do you need? How many times did you express your love in the last week in an exceptional way?
Look back at your life as it is the life of a friend. At first sight, what are the actions of that person (which is you) indicating? What are the real goals of that person if you would analyze those actions? Write down the result of this analysis and after that read it with detachment. Is that reflecting what you wanted in this life?
Would you be able to give your life for something? If yes, name clearly that thing that you would give your life for? Imagine with details a situation in which you give your life for that thing? Is the image vivid or pale? Do you believe that you would do such a sacrifice?
Do you feel appreciated at your real value by the people around you? If not, what is the most important misunderstanding regarding your person that most of the people are doing? Why do you think it is like that?
Do you appreciate correctly the people around you? Have you ever been wrong? When was the last time you told to somebody: “I was wrong, I am sorry.”?
If you were in the last minutes of your life now, what will be the last thing you would like to do? What is keeping you from not doing it right now?
My alarm clock rings at 0345 and in a state of bewilderment I wake up reaching out to stop the alarm. This is the fourth day of the Tantric festival and I have yet to get used to getting up at this hour.
A few seconds after my alarm clock goes off the sound of a gong can be heard in the distance.
This is the summoning of the men to morning meditation.
I am sleeping in a room with 7 other men who, like me, roll out of their beds in a state of bewilderment.
It is an amazing feeling that the body can feel tired and completely broken after just 2 and a half hours of sleep but that the soul can feel invigorated and alive. Putting the physical body in unusual situations can at times make you more aware of the more refined layers of the being. This is a state that I have come to know a lot of since I started my spiritual practice 5 years ago.
Slowly and in a zombie like state we proceed to the big yoga hall. Here we will do one hour of what are called “sublimation techniques” in yoga. This consists of yogic exercises which can raise unrefined levels of energy in our being to higher more refined forms of energy. This is very necessary for men who aim to achieve what is called “sexual continence”. Sexual continence starts with the preservation of the vital sexual energy (sperm) in the case of men. This vital sexual energy which when “un-sublimated” expresses itself as “heavy balls” on the physical level or emotional frustration, lust, desire or stress on the emotional level, can through these exercises be transformed to the more refined feelings of valour, love, intuition, aspiration etc.
Initially I am very tired and my inner dialogue is continually prompting me to return to bed. By ignoring this inner dialogue and focusing in the heart where the soul resides I slowly begin to feel fresh and invigorated as I roll my stomach in circles (a very effective yogic exercise to sublimate the energies). The yoga hall is filled with the sound of huffing and puffing of the other men making the same exercise.
Other men are making the “sun salutation” technique as the sun rises a bit after 0400. I am filled with a quite sense of humbleness and awe looking at my fellow men saluting the sun. I stand for a moment with the palms of my hands pressed towards each other in a yogic prayer position called prathanasana. This is my way of welcoming the sun as I never myself learned the sun salutation.
At 0500 we proceed to the dining hall to pick up our chairs which we carry out with us to the “shiva lingham” statue located in the southern garden.
A shiva lingham statue is a phallic symbol of shiva or the “universal masculine”. The universe is divided into masculine and feminine essence. The masculine essence relates to terms such as consciousness and transcendence and the feminine relates to terms such as energy, immanence and life. By meditating together around a shiva lingham statue men are reminded of their masculine essence and thereby get in touch with their deepest nature.
The men place themselves in a circle around the shiva lingham. The ground is very soft and some of the men’s chairs sink halfway into the ground. A very humorous sight indeed!
After a lot of scraping and moving around we are finally still and await the arrival of our teacher Mihai, who arrives at 0510. We make a short consecration and start the meditation. Meditation is much facilitated by the presence of one who is experienced in meditation such as Mihai. In the course of the two hours of meditation he sits perfectly still and straight, exactly like the shiva lingham statue itself. Many of us (myself included) periodically fall asleep. It is easy to see when somebody falls asleep in meditation. The back may remain straight but the chin falls to the chest. A person who is half asleep makes sudden jerks as he falls asleep but awakens before he gets too far out of equilibrium. It was certainly an amusing sight the first day to see all these men wrapped in many layers of clothes jerking back and forth half asleep in their meditations while Mihai remains completely straight but today the concentration was much better. We were much more awake and there was a strong field in the meditation. It is an ecstatic feeling to see people improve and to feel how we day by day through simple techniques become more and more masculine.
After the meditation I make a round to inspect the premises. The participants have different tasks assigned to them as the running of a camp with so many people needs a lot of work. My tasks are to coordinate the “handymen” to fix things that are broken, to do administration and to update the internet. Our biggest task of the day is to finish the outdoor showers for the men. I drive to Copenhagen with a fellow yogi Martin to pick up all sorts of materials needed at a specialized plumbing store. Up till now the showers for men consisted of two garden hoses connected to the cold water but today we will upgrade them to warm water showers. Cold showers are good for men working on continence but now it is time to give them more luxury up to the pending meeting with women in one of the days to come. Here they need to be well rested and vital.
We come home in time for lunch. Our meals are fascinating experiences due to the special atmosphere created by the splitting up of the sexes. The men eat on one half of the dining hall and the women eat on the other half. They are separated by a long table upon which the food is placed.
The men are in silence, not allowed to say a word, but the women may speak and giggle with each other as much and as lively as they feel inspired to. It is a huge contrast, the giggling laughing women on one side and the stern silent men on the other side. As the women go up to take the food the men gaze at them, some with lust others with longing and others with deep transfiguration. The women are fully aware of this and send teasing glances back at the men. Some make extra gestures as flinging back the hair and blinking their long eyelashes. Just after a few days separation the game of the sexes has become very intense.
In the afternoon there is yet another meditation for men around the shiva lingham statue. This time I have an awesome meditation. I was introduced to a special type of strap on device which goes around the knees and the lower back. When the strap is tightened the back becomes straighter enabling a better and more focused meditation. A straight back is absolutely necessary in meditation. A straight back is a physical suggestion of being awake, being masculine and being alert. If the back is not kept straight, drowsy states appear after a few moments.
The sound of the leaves in the wind of the big trees surrounding the garden is an incredible sound which facilitates to deep states of meditation. Nature loves the adept who meditates and sometimes in incredible ways the meditator joins into a subtle communion with nature. When he breathes, nature breaths, when his mind becomes restless the wind picks up, the leaves make more noise and the meditator returns to the meditation. A kind of communication appears where mother nature is reminding the meditator to focus on his meditation. Often states of Samadhi in the meditator appears simultaneously with sudden changes in the weather. My deepest states in meditation have often been accompanied by the sudden starting of rainfall, as if nature itself starts crying with the catharsis that accompanies the entering of the state of deep communion with God the father.
In this case though, I was very happy that it remained dry!
The weather forecasts promised really bad weather with strong wind and lots of rain, but each time us men made the meditation the rain stopped and at the end of each of the shiva lingham meditations the weather was lighter and more fair.
In the evening we have yet another incredible lecture with Mihai. Again the men were sitting in the eastern half of the yoga hall and the women in the western half.
Mihai expanded more on the roles of men and women. The gist of the lecture was that women provide the choices to men but it is men who must make the decision. As an archetypical symbol of never ending creativity a wise woman offers a series of wise choices for the man to choose from. A woman continuously throws apples (meaning choices or energy) at the man and it is the man who must pull out his sword of discernment to cut the apples, meaning to cut the bad parts out and leave what is good.
A biblical example is when Eve offers the apple to Adam. Adam should have cut of the bad part of the apple and given it back to her. This is what a woman wants, the wise discernment and the generosity of the man. Instead Adam ignorantly and greedily takes the apple and eats it for himself. Adam shows that he has not understood the basic fundaments of polarity and in this way begins the whole misery of separation. They are expelled from the Garden of Eden and we as human beings will remain separated from wholeness until we begin to understand and apply the principles of polarity.
As Mihai gets warmed up offering more and more examples of how polarity applies in daily life, examples that all of us can relate to, the atmosphere lifts and people laugh more and more.
The lecture ends quite late and I make my way to bed. I know I have to get up in a couple of hours for the men’s morning meditation but it feels like more than enough when the soul feels nourished.
Today was the last day when men and women were separated. Until the evening, the program was similar to the other days with yoga practise and exemplifications in the morning and a sakti conference in the afternoon (and the men continued their long hours of meditation). A part of the program for the coming days was revealed and the woman started to prepare for the future activities – let’s keep it a secret for now what will happen, but it made the whole ashram vibrate with joy and creativity.
In the evening the men and woman met in the yoga hall and one by one every participant in the festival made a personal presentation. The men had to perform on a stage, alone, in front of all the women. There were a few questions all of them had to answer but the difference in the way it was done was amazingly big. Some men made the woman cry from laughter other touched our tender female hearts with poetry and acts of love towards sakti. It was very beautiful to see and feel the manifestations of Shiva who until this point had been somehow hidden due to the separation phase. The polarisation was very strong and the (brave) men were met with an enormous amount of energy when they stood in front of us.
When the men’s presentation was finished it was the women turn to be courageous. Our approach was much more soft and emotional. It was beautiful to see each woman express herself, sharing her unique qualities, her dreams and aspiration with the audience. For me the challenge of standing in the spot light was not so hard to overcome, it was more like a spontaneous game and the atmosphere was full of openness and encouragement. Some persons were great entertainers others could hardly speak a word due to nervousness, but all were equally embraced by the audience and appreciated. It’s not really possible to describe in words what is happening in a spiritual camp like this one. There are some very subtle processes creating a stronger and stronger energetic field which is supporting the transformation people are going through. It feels as if we have borrowed a small piece of heaven. People become more beautiful, friendlier, and more alive. We shake off our robot habits that in daily life keeps us locked in all kind of pre-programmed reactions, and we start to discover much more profound aspects of our nature. When stress and agitation begin to diminish and inner beauty appears. People start to smile, but real smiles. They start to laugh much more. They start to look each other into the eyes, and tonight it felt as if we also looked into each others souls for a moment. A magic moment – and I have a feeling it will not be the last in this camp.
Until yesterday evening the different activities in the camp were steps of preparation for increasing the field of polarity. Now the game has fully unfolded. It’s like we have carefully prepared a bonfire, ignited it and are now stepping into the fire. Inside of myself I feel a big energy awakened that catalyze different realizations and states.
The meditations are deeper and more profound than in the beginning of the camp and my awareness about different phenomena related to polarity is increasing. It’s a direct knowledge through experience that is by far surpassing all the theoretical explanations I have received through the years.
In the morning men and women did the yoga practise together doing couple asanas, meaning different yoga postures that a man and woman can do in. It’s very different from doing yoga alone where your focus is inward. In the couple asanas you focus to perceive the streams of energies between the man and woman, and it’s a wonderful, intimate experience. It unites the couple at a deep level and helps to develop the capacity of empathy. It also increases the polarity in the couple because you create an energetic field together amplifying the polar energies.
In the afternoon was made a special tantric exemplification. Aftewardsr, in the evening, men and women made separate meetings to prepare the activities for the following days – and also in this way to experience the effect of avalanche after the exemplification. When a couple separate the energies between them amplify greatly so in tantra it’s highly recommended to experience this process consciously after for example love making.
The woman’s meeting is still taking place at this moment. Imagine 40 women in a room, all full of sparkling inspiration and wonderful ideas, supposed to plan in details the day for surprising the men, but instead making an (apparently) never ending brain storm... Well, only 39 women now, since I silently escaped the event in order to write this text. I felt that there were enough great ideas generated and me adding a few more were really not needed. We had enough suggestions to fill out the whole festival next year and we only have one single day at our disposal (Friday). Sakti is an inexhaustible source of creativity and divine inspiration, but without Shiva to give the energies a clear direction it turns into chaos. In comparisons the men’s meeting which started one hour later has already finished. Or perhaps they just didn’t get that many great ideas, without Sakti to inspire them ;) Probably by the end of tomorrow I will apologize for this remark after having experienced the day of my dreams, since tomorrow the men will surprise the woman. I am very curious to see what they have prepared. Perhaps a gentle massage, a walk in the forest and chocolate cake… A (very) romantic movie, flowers and manifestations of strength, generosity and love. My wishing list is endless, since a man can make a woman happy in infinite many ways.
I apologize, I apologize, I apologize! For my remark yesterday about the men that were perhaps lacking ideas without the women to inspire them. The men in the camp made the most wonderful day possible as a gift to the women!
It started already in the morning. We made a long session of couple asanas and received in the end a red rose each. Already my heart was touched. There is something magic about roses that is irresistible for a woman’s heart.
For lunch the men had prepared fruit salad with cream for desert and other delicious dished that made us feel spoiled and appreciated.
In the afternoon the men made a special angel walk where each woman was sent through a tunnel, created by the men, gently guided them forward and embracing them with statements of love and soft caresses. It created a deep state of transfiguration and surrendering. Afterwards followed a lecture with Mihai Stoian. A man went around and offered all kinds of chocolates placed on a silver plate, decorated with candles and flowers, all kinds of chocolates. Heaven!
The peak moment was in the evening. The men had prepared a candlelit dinner, taking care of every little detail. There were flowers on the tables, nice napkins, wine glasses, candles and soft music. I watched the men while they prepared the meal and I was so touched by their efforts in making this the perfect evening. They prepared the food on plates, arranging it in such a way you felt you were eating in an expensive, exclusive restaurant. It was done with so much attention and carefulness that every movement became an act of love. It was perhaps the most wonderful dinner in my life. I almost couldn’t eat because my heart was so overwhelmed. There was a man serving bread and the way he offered the plate to each woman was a poem of love put into action. I felt embraced, loved, adored, and appreciated beyond words by Shiva. For desert were served strawberries with chocolate sauce – I had tears in my eyes. Then banana split with ice cream – I was speechless. When an enormous amount of chocolate cake was ending the feast I was convinced beyond any doubt that these men were some of the most wonderful men in this world. It was not the actions themselves but the love behind them that touched me deeply. You could feel how the men had put all their heart into giving the woman what would make her the most happy. Every detail was taken care of.
After dinner we watched an extraordinary beautiful movie “Ashes and snow” which were a perfect way to end this truly amazing day. I felt so taken care of and so loved. I thank all of the men in the camp on behalf of all the women for devoting today to Sakti in such a beautiful and perfect way. It has been divine.
Today was the day, where the women should give the men a gift. A gift that they would like to have. I guess I don’t have to explain that the men were getting rather curious as to what the women would come up with especially after yesterdays surprise from the men to the women.
The women had been asking us what we wanted and even set up a suggestion box. It might be that some of the men wrote down their hottest fantasies - personally I said I would like to be shown how to make the women happy. But I guess that was a bit too unclear for the women…
To begin with all the men drew a number that matched a girl that was to be their hostess for lunch. All the girls were dressed very beautiful and began to serve the men food and drinks and made pleasant conversation. I was so lucky to be served by an especially wonderful woman and I must admit I could get used to being served like that…
Later we were literally worshiped by the shaktis! Placed in a big circle with our eyes closed all the women bowed in front of us in adoration. While listening to beautiful music and a soft voice speaking words of worshipping Shiva the slowly rotated around all the men gently caressing them and in all ways showing their adoration. It was such a beautiful experience and it made me feel very solar and masculine. Or should I say even more solar and masculine since that was a state that had been building up during the entire camp.
After a lovely dinner there was a big surprise for desert! Suddenly a curtain was pulled away and there was lying a gorgeous naked women completely covered in fruit! After some minutes of admiration we all started eating until nothing was left. Very tasty! Everybody was overwhelmed and actually it seemed that the naked woman there was the one enjoying the whole thing the most…
And that wasn’t all: After the dinner there were some very skilful erotic dances that left us speechless in adoration. And finally all the women came very lightly dressed carrying candles and danced through the room like a river of beauty overwhelming everybody.
As the big finale of an amazing day the shaktis had prepared the big yoga hall with candles and light curtains that made some small private spaces. And maybe the biggest gift of the entire day: A nice oil massage that could be as erotic as the couple both felt like. To judge from the sounds some of the couples went quite far… ;-)
Feeling happy and loved I decided to head for the tent at 5am. What a beautiful day!
The silence has returned to Bhoga. Most participants have already left, but you still feel the echoes of the intensity that has characterized the last 10 days. It’s the moment for contemplation. When I came last Friday my mind was full of thoughts relating to the daily life, now I can mostly feel my hearts quiet contentment.
We ended the camp in the afternoon with a meditation and after that I went out in the fields to be alone for a while. The camp has been so incredible full of experiences and impressions that I needed to crystalize the essence of it. My main goal for participating has been to deepen my understanding of the spiritual path I am following and to become more conscious of the way I live my life. As I was sitting in the field, feeling the sun, that has finally returned, caressing my face, I was not sure if I had achieved what I came for. My meditations have not been that great, my understandings not that profound. I wondered how to measure what I have learned in the camp? When you set a goal you can measure in different ways if it has been accomplished. You know that you can drive a car, when you are actually doing it. But how could I know if I had truly learned anything from the last 10 days experiences? Was I more conscious? Wiser perhaps?
I went for a long walk. I walked through the fields, feeling I was crossing an ocean of yellow waves. It was an incredible beautiful evening. After almost a week with rain and storm the sun light felt like a blessing, bringing out the colours in everything. The wind was strong and made me feel as if I was almost lifted from the ground expanding into the sky. I walked to the beach and the sight of the sea was breathtaking. The waves were powerful and the golden light from the sunset created a beautiful frame of pink and purple clouds in the horizon. As I kept walking, for hours, something happened in my heart. All my questions were one by one silenced. I could suddenly feel the present moment and realized how unique and incredible perfect it was. I felt polarized and complete. It was as if the last piece in a puzzle was put in place and I could now see the full picture. It had been there all the time, but I had not known how to look at it. It had been right beside me, but I had been gazing forward into the future believing that only there I could find what I searched for. I felt embraced by an endless love created by the game between Shiva and Sakti, between the man and the woman.
I stayed up all night and watched the sunrise. The moment was simply too beautiful to end. How could I go to sleep when I had finally woken up to experience love and happiness? 10 days ago my mind was full of useless thoughts, and from experience I know that they will one by one appear again, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is that the tears in my eyes are from happiness and not from pain, that the sun is rising because of love and not necessity and that my heart is open to give. The tantric festival has been a celebration of life as it should be lived, full of love and intensity. Perhaps I was looking for something else when I came, but I realize now that I have found what I was really searching for; the essence that is in every cell of existence. Something I can only receive by giving it away. That magic star dust God is pouring into our hearts with infinite generosity. Love.
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.
- (Legal and Media Cases)
Article by Catalin Dobrescu
There is new evidence that proves the involvement of secret service agents and mercenaries in the activities of propaganda websites against MISA.
The administrator of the anti-MISA website (see picture) is the man of Adrian Nastase, who ordered “Christ” operation in March 2004.
We have said many times that the strange propaganda inciting hatred against MISA, which includes intense internet activity aside from the mass media campaign, is financed by the secret services and is part of a systematic war against spiritual movements.
What is the basis of our allegations?
First of all, it is a fact that the propaganda and manipulation of public opinion against MISA are part of a modus operandi that is specific to such situations which has been repeated in other countries following the same pattern. Moreover, European legislation, which is increasingly restrictive with regard to spirituality and spiritual groups, encourages other European states to do exactly the same thing with the help of secret services in order to discredit and try to control spiritual movements. This is something that should make us think.
Secondarily, the fact that there are people who do not seem to have anything else to do but to spend hours and hours daily in order to denigrate MISA, as if they were dedicated “party activists”, proves that to them, the denigration of MISA is a way of life and a ridiculous “rat-like” way of earning their living, as they are being paid for this activity. Additionally, if it is proven that these people did not even attend the Yoga courses, their obsession is even more striking!
The thorough investigations by the editorial staff of YogaEsoteric have brought to light proof regarding the involvement of secret services in the campaign against MISA through certain internet websites. In this way, we presented striking proof regarding the activity of the spy Valeriu Fruntes, who operates undercover as a psychiatrist in France and who was an RSI informer since the time he attended the MISA courses. He has now been “reactivated” and, together with others, he activates with full propagandistic eagerness on his own blog as well as in newspapers such as “Ziua” (The Day – Romanian newspaper) and Gardianul (The Guardian), and also on other anti-MISA websites. However, the article on YogaEsoteric unmasked him – if the information had been false, we would have expected a dignified response. Instead, Valeriu Fruntes erased his blog completely from the internet. This is the first common sense action that he has done, being a unique contribution to cleaning up the virtual public space and we fully appreciate it. At the same time, this action shows once more his real face!
Who is the activist Dan Marinescu?
Today we continue the public exposal and unmasking of the main mercenaries and secret agents that are active in the Internet campaign against the MISA yoga school. An extremely strange key character is Daniel Marinescu-Persu (in the picture, the third, from left to right). He has NEVER ATTENDED THE YOGA COURSES OF MISA YOGA SCHOOL. Paradoxically, but tellingly, the administrator of the main propaganda website against MISA, who also has a consistent advertising role within this website and considers himself an “expert” in the field, has never attended the yoga courses or other activities of the school!
And it is not just us saying this. He declared this himself to the Gandul (the Thought) newspaper. In an article signed by Dan Radu and published in Gandul (the Thought) newspaper, on 17th March 2008, it is said that the administrators of the anti-MISA website are Dan Marinescu and Cecilia Tiz. “Dan Marinescu, an experienced yoga practitioner, came to MISA in 2004, when the movement started to be under surveillance. He attended a course by correspondence, but what he saw there left him with a bitter taste in his mouth. Since then, the two have been gathering testimonies of ex-members”, the Gandul newspaper wrote. The expression “experienced yoga practitioner” is extremely strange. From Marinescu’s writings on different occasions, his yoga knowledge is shown to be extremely little. So then, what kind of “experience” does the author of the article refers to when speaking of this character?!
Did journalists consider investigating what the yoga correspondence course is? In that system, each student receives by mail at the address he indicates (at home, post box, etc.) 4 yoga courses per month and other printed materials (for example, the Yoga Magazine). These correspondence students do not go to the yoga hall. Therefore, the only thing Daniel Marinescu-Persu saw, even if he did take the course by correspondence under a fake name (because he was not signed up under this name for our correspondence courses), was his own mail or post box! We do not know what else he has in his mail box that left him such a bitter taste, but it is obvious that he does not have a clue about Yoga and MISA!
Daniel Marinescu-Persu (alias Dan Marinescu, see picture) is definitely the man of Adrian Nastase. Is it just a “coincidence” that exactly four years after the launch of Christ operation – the violent anti-MISA operation, which was a political order of the former prime minister Adrian Nastase, Dan Marinescu is the one that appears in the press and presents himself as a victim, saying that the yogis had bombarded him with negative energy?! Soon afterwards, Adrian Nastase “puts” the information on his blog and whinges, claiming to be the innocent victim!
The businesses of Marinescu
Daniel Marinescu Persu is the general manager of IME ROMANIA SRL and ADISAN NET SRL, the latter being located at Pictor Luchian Street, no.7, sector 2, Bucharest. The company KLITE PRO SRL, which, according to the National Institute of Research and Development in Informatics, owns the anti-MISA site domain starting on 10 October 2007, is located at the same address. On the anti-MISA website, Dan Marinescu’s user name is “harababura”. Although he is either the general manager or only an associate to six-seven other companies, he still finds enough time to maintain and be the technical administrator of the anti-MISA website. This is in addition to the considerable financial effort necessary for hosting the huge storing space and the significant time spent for untruthful propagandistic discussions.
According to the technical identification information existing on the Internet, Dan Marinescu is the administrator of the domain adisan.ro, which hosts the DNS (Domain Name Server) servers of the anti-MISA website. The same Dan Marinescu administrates www.klite.ro, the website of Klite Pro srl, which is hosted by IME Romania, the company managed by Dan Marinescu. The websites ime.ro and adisan.ro, belonging to IME România SRL and ADISAN NET SRL, have the same internet location and the same technical administrator – Dan Marinescu. The servers of the anti-MISA domain are registered having the IP addresses of a ghost domain called doesntexist.com. In fact, they are hosted by the company ADISAN NET SRL, which owns the entire sub-network of these IP addresses.
This is how Daniel Marinescu Persu, a character that has nothing to do with Yoga or MISA, found the financial resources to support the entire technical infrastructure and paid for advertising a website which, besides propagating and promoting freemasonic ideas as well as those of the Secret Services (Securitate), is of use only for those who denigrate MISA. This website is full of lies and calumnies, it breaks the law regarding copyright and instigates to hatred and discrimination against a spiritual movement which, in reality, has not broken any law under Romanian legislation, whereas this website repeatedly breaks the law, under the lenient eyes of the authorities.
taken from yogaesoteric.net http://www.yogaesoteric.net/content.aspx?lang=RO&item=5544