Natha participated in Sund Livsstil messe – 27-29 September 2013
by Arthur Lederer
Once a year, for the last 28 years, Sund Livsstil gathers around 200 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors who come together for a weekend fair dedicated to a healthy life style.
Of course, everybody wants to be healthy. But what are we doing about it? Is it enough to just eat whatever, live however, and when the body gets sick to just go to a doctor to fix whatever is broken?
Peter Mikkelsen, organizer of Sund Livsstil messe, doesn’t think so: ‘’Our health is our own responsibility, each and every one of us. I started this fair to make sure that the public is aware of ALL the options they have for taking care of their health; to offer an alternative to the governmental health insurance system.’’
A dozen years ago one could find in this fair a great interest in healthy food. Organic food and raw food were the trend. However, the interest is shifting, says Peter: ‘‘in the past 5 years there is a notable movement of the attention towards the Body-Mind paradigm regarding health. People are realizing that relaxation and a harmonious emotional and mental state are very important for health. In this fair we now promote also awareness of this issue and we challenge the visitors to do something to make themselves feel better and more happy.’’
It is therefore not at all a surprise to see more and more Yoga schools and other spiritual centers among the exhibitors in the Sund livsstil Messe. Natha Yogacenter is amongst the first of these spiritual centers - being a prominent exhibiter in this fair since 2010. Long before it became a trend, the teachings of Yoga, as taught in Natha, have explained that the human structure is composed of several structures – physical, energetic, emotional, super mental and spiritual. A disharmony at any level affects the others as well – and so, a sick thought can create a sick body, so to speak.
As Peter says ‘’As a society we have been moving up the levels of the Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, but we now discover that we have neglected some needs in the lower levels of the pyramid – and we need to take better care of our bodies, our emotions, our relationships etc. Therefore, schools of Yoga and Tantra like Natha can make an important contribution.’’
Soren Gannik is an engineer and Yoga teacher in Natha: ‘’there is a misunderstanding about health today – people see health as the absence of disease. In fact health is a state of harmony which is totally natural. Its only when we lose the harmony that illness appears. People try to cure the sickness – but the more you try to fight it the stronger it gets. Instead, we should aim to achieve a deep state of harmony – then disease will be a thing of the past, together with many other problems. The source of harmony, of the healing power is in us, in our hearts. It’s just a matter of learning how to locate and access it. That is what natha has to offer, what people can learn to do in our courses, that is why natha is here in this fair. ‘’
Natha’s stand is easy to recognize – it is the only stand which has a large pyramid built into it. ‘’The pyramid is a structure which focuses the energy in a deeply beneficial and harmonizing manner. Researchers have built a small pyramid of a wooden frame and placed a plate of fruits in it, while placing another plate right next to the pyramid but not under it. The fruits not under the pyramid rotted in a normal pace, within days, while the fruits under the pyramid stayed fresh much longer. In the fair people are invited to come and meditate under the pyramid, benefitting of this deeply nurturing energetic effect.’’ Says Soren.
Ines Honfi is a teacher of Yoga and Tantra in Natha as well as a renowned painter. I see her meditating under the pyramid holding hands with a woman in her 30’s, visitor in the stand. After the meditation they speak about their experience. I patiently wait before approaching them.
Ines: ‘’I am using for the meditation a piece of music which is chosen because it awakens in the being a deeply harmonizing state. I explain to the meditator how to focus and open up to this state and then meditate together with her to help feel this state as deeply as possible. Some people chose to meditate on happiness, some on courage, some on love – these are all aspects of our inner harmony, all of them putting us in contact with an aspect of our selves.’’
I asked her how she feels guiding such a meditation. ‘’It’s very fulfilling. I feel myself as a channel, just giving to the person in front of me, and in the same time it uplifts me very much. People are feeling so much in just 7 minutes of meditation, and some are really transformed by it.’’
I asked the woman who meditated with Ines what is her experience. She identified herself as Katrina and happily said ‘’we meditated on the state of expansion of the consciousness. I felt very welcome and accepted. I felt open and the music gave me the feeling of being brave, of getting stronger, connected with myself and the now. I felt the energy circulating through the hands in a circuit between Ines and me. I felt myself just being in the present moment.’’
Close by to the pyramid also stood shelves covered with books and DVD’s – all bearing the logo of Natha Publishing House. Vasilius of the Natha Publishing House stood over the books, engaging in deep and intense discussions with many curious visitors. ‘’our aim here is to offer the healthiest solutions to people. In the case of our books and DVD’s they originate in the oldest and most safe healthy solutions, so any true searcher concerned with self-development will find truly valuable spiritual information here.
‘’In many open-minded visitors I find not only curiosity but even a state of wonder. Many people are amazed that there can be a systematic approach to domains of human life like couple relationships – but this is exactly what is given by the bookTantric Path of Loveby Gregorian Bivolaru or the DVDUnveiled Secrets of Polyamorous RelationshipsBy Advaitananada.This wise systematic approach guarantees the success and the long-lasting happiness. So for me it is a great adventure and challenge to bring these products closer to people's horizons of expectation, because it is like speaking of miracles, in which few believe, yet they are now available for all.’’
Vasilius, an experienced astrologist, also offered visitors to the stand the benefit of an astrological consultation – providing them with useful guidance to find the harmony and happiness in their lives. ‘’Tantric Astrology is offering the unique chance to know your soul and this knowledge means, at the same time, to awaken the soul; and because this type of astrology focuses mainly on how to grow spiritually and how to bring the highest aspects into one's everyday life, people receive it with great inner silence and contemplation.’’
Should anyone feel tired or hungry in the fair, surely they would have found their way to the cafeteria of Øksenhalen (the venue of the fair), which this year dedicated an entire area to Copenhagen’s vegetarian restaurant - Ambrosia’s Have. Ambrosia is located in the building of Natha and its staff is comprised in part by students of Natha. Selena Andersen, the coordinator of the team of vegetarian cooks explains that learning in natha’s courses about the value of vegetarian diet, it seemed natural for her to create a venue which will offer vegetarians a place to eat and will also prove that vegetarian and healthy food can also be extremely delicious. I find Selena presiding over a steamy pot of potato soup, making sure that all dishes and salads are fresh and juicy. ‘’I see it as a mission to spread the knowledge and direct experience of the great benefits of healthy food combined with a harmonious eating environment, stimulating and fulfilling all of the senses. In Ambrosia’s Have we want to make people more aware of the role that food and the way we eat has in the maintenance of health. The lack of knowledge of this is one of the main reasons of sickness today.’’
All around are over a dozen tables, occupied by people happily eating. On each table I see a small arrangement of vegetables, ornamenting the table, with small notes pointing out the health benefit of each vegetable. Selena says ‘’It is a great joy that we got to host, feed and nourish the visitors of the fair in this way; to offer people a break and something really healthy and delicious to eat. I am very grateful for peter and the Øksenhalen staff who invited us to serve food in the fair – making this fair a more complete experience for the public.’’
Love begins inside
Diary Notes with comments on the exquisite inner adventures at the Natha Publishing House stand at KROP-SIND-AND Helsemesse 2013, Copenhagen, Falconer Center.
Love starts within you!
Natha Yogacenter’s stand at the KROP SIND AND - Helsemesse this year has broken old habits and opened new horizons. An international team of enthusiastic yoga students has built and radiated love and wisdom at a stand which left the impression of a live performance … The pyramid meditation, the love lottery with messages from the 10 goddesses of the Tantric Pantheon, Ines Honfi’s newest painting and especially the spiritual books and dvd-s exhibited – all managed to open gates towards an inner journey of exulting questions which recieved several meaningful answers on the spot.
The public, coming mostly from Copenhagen and the areas around, this time has made a sensitive difference compared to other years. The openness, the sincerity were clearly deeper and more authentic than other times. As if there was a question of urgent matter to clarify aspects of the soul, of the heart, of the healing, of the happy relationships; this urge, combined with the joyous or humorous quest for answers, transformed the whole atmosphere into something way more than the usual Danish concept of ‘hygge’(pleasantly comfortable) – but rather into an elevated feast for true seekers of endless happiness.
“So this time, clearly the direction of going inside, searching inside the answers and the happiness has shown up as a new and strong tendency. As if reflecting this idea, starting with the second day of this fair, on top of the Natha Publishing House stand the inscription ‘Kӕrlighedens starter I det indre’ (‘Love starts inside of you’) has spontaneously appeared as a flag showing that the triumph of love is already very close in time to each of those aspiring to this.”
Unique gifts for profound seekers of love.
I’ve seen several smiling people standing up from the pyramid meditation... where three important pillars ensured a fast tuning in with a real and profound state of meditation: the guidance of a meditation teacher, the subtle-mystical effect of the pyramid and the well-chosen musical background… all these were meant to help the tuning in with a deep state of resonance with the energy of one chosen chakra (from the seven constituents of the subtle energetic body of the human being). The sessions were very inspiring even just to watch … the scientific and relaxed way of teaching meditation in short words gave immediate effects in the second, practical part… it was effectively amazing to watch how people who never tried to meditate before, all of a sudden, showed a stillness and focus which reflected the meditation teacher’s attitude who was standing in front of them. The roses of success did not delay to appear, after each meditation since a practical, palpable experience of true bit of meditation has born for the one who wanted it; all this for free in an a-’live’ spiritual performance.
The first visitor of the fair was asking - about Natha’s theatre performances from the past if they were going to be repeated this year - already on Thursday evening when the stand was just a bunch of chairs and materials preparing to be assembled… though we had to answer that ‘this time there will be no spiritual theatrical performance’ … still I felt, as if the spiritual theatrical plays from the past in connection with the 10 great cosmic powers or the plays about the eternal game of love between the masculine and the feminine had been transformed this time into the pyramid effect adventure, into the acting in the game of lottery of questions-answers from the 10 goddesses’ lottery or into the visually exquisite art of painting of Ines and of photography in the Natha Publishing House album and books.
The ‘gratis’ love lottery – unserious and mischievous as it might have seemed at first sight – introduced the one who draw it, into the deeper perception of the world through the eyes of the soul, specific to the tantric spirituality. Each message from one of the 10 great cosmic powers (faces of the Holy Spirit from the Hindu Tantric tradition) came at the right time to the one picking it up – summing up an advice, an attitude, a suggestion for 2013 in order to grow in love; due to the directness of the notes very many times essential questions came up: what is transfiguration, sexual continence, polarity, state of androgyny…
“The conversations spontaneously born in this way, have revealed a wide range of misunderstandings about Tantra and once more they proved that Tantra has now and here, clear, practical and well-grounded answers close the modern man’s life.”
Miraculous subtle events.
Most of the people were attracted by Ines Honfi tantric artist’s painting style – she generously exhibited next to the Natha Publishing House books and dvds her latest painting – ‘Falling in love’. Representing the objective art of an artist who herself continues to have a sustained spiritual practice, Ines Honfi managed to capture in this painting in an amazingly mature and elegant manner, some hues of the eternal principles (yin and yang) intensely melting in the embraces and kisses of the beginning in any authentic couple relationship.
The way in which the love notes came up in the 10 goddesses’ lottery has clearly shown, from the reaction of the ones picking them up, that they are valid now and here in the real life. Thus, miraculous, synchronistic events occurred when two were picking up the same message at the same time or when two messages completed perfectly each other in case of two friends. More than this, several times there were answers to urgent questions of one’s love life: among the most touching ones being the question of a lady who wanted to know, starting from her message, if the feminine energies of her boyfriend could be a cause of her unhappiness in the couple. The precise and scientifically proven answer to this question (the millenary answer of the tantric scriptures is that highly developed masculine qualities in case of men and intensely manifested feminine qualities manifested by women are at the core cause of happiness in a polar couple relationship) had as an effect the deep relief visible on her… as if she has felt and known this long ago … the only missing point was an objective, scientific system to show it as a constituting law of this entire universe since forever. And this reflection in an objective system has brought clarity and truth.
Another surprising moment was when someone was asking what she can do if she has two lovers – and the answer was laying on the table as the new release DVD The Unveiled Secrets of Polyamorous Relationships – a spiritual approach upon open relationships the happiness that she could find a theoretical reflection upon what her life’s important issue is now…was really rewarding for me.
“A bubbling quest for love, for happiness and the subsequent faith that they must exist somewhere…were pouring from the questions related to the love messages of the 10 great goddesses of the tantric spiritual system.”
The quest for love in Denmark.
I’m certain that many of those reading these notes have heard of the famous statistic research about the Danes saying that they are happy; and the conclusion of that research saying that on a global scale the Danes consider themselves the happiest of all nations…
For me it was very easy to notice why such a statistic result could appear, in these three days of Helsemesse in Copenhagen 2013: the physical beauty of both women and men, the openness towards unknown horizons, the humor, the deepness and heart centeredness in the way of asking questions and listening to possible answers and the receptivity towards beauty… and in this respect an aged lady has carefully researched the gift dvd coming together with the book Kaerlighedens Vej and the album Celebrating the Fascinating Mystery of the Yoni (both of these new editions of Natha Publishing House) and then after 25 minutes of pondering she was stating that the artistic level of the photographic album cannot be understood by the public of such a fair and she suggested to my curious reaction that we send the book to Moscow where the quality level will be appreciated at its real artistic value… “Much more than just looking for the ‘hygge’ or comfortable aspects of a couple harmony and from far behind all the exalted gazes of the wonderful people visiting the fair, I could feel that there is a deeper beat of hearts opening now towards the divine love… and this love is coming from far beyond this age or these times… many of the faces and body shapes of the people visiting us on these three days revealed and reminded me directly the perfection of beauty and harmony of the sculptures on the temple from Kajuraho …
For all these experiences I am very grateful to the organizers of this beautiful fair, to Natha Yogacenter and to the wonderful beings visiting Natha’s stands at the Helsemesse event 1-3 February 2013.
Astrologer Vasil Andreas S.
Natha Publishing House, Denmark.
- (Past events)
Did you ever have the feeling that what you know is only a comprised and diluted fraction of what is going on in reality in the world? Ever considered to double check what you are given by the stream media and go beyond society taboos? However, we realize today more and more that we live in a world full of mystery, of whose laws we are mostly unaware - and this is valid as well for daily simple facts.
On this first edition of the Truth Seminar, we warmly invite you to Concordia, on Sunday, the 9th of September, to shed light upon some of life’s most important matters. There were invited four different and daring speakers - already well-know - outstanding thinkers, researchers and whistle-blowers, who, by virtue of their knowledge and experience of the current world situation, are gathering now to share their take on what truly worth knowing about the world in which we live. In many ways, the consequences of their findings involve the restructuring of much of our understanding of the world as we know it today.Truth Seminar gives room for ‘forbidden’ stories, and news and perspectives on our society and its history that are not restricted to a particular subject area, but rather dedicated to the study of the depth and value of Truth.
Truth Seminar features Lloyd Pye, who will talk about his research and the extraordinary evidence of a Star child’s skull. He will also speak about ‘The Intervention Theory’, the subject of his new book that brings evidence and facts of the development of life on this planet with ‘help’ from the outside – a more likely theory than Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Niels Harrit, former professor of Chemistry at the University of Copenhagen, will give a talk about what actually happened on the 11th of September 2001, and how the official explanation does not account for a number of obvious facts related to this disaster. His findings demolish the official version of the story and represent one of the most clear pieces of evidence of real involvement by the insiders in the 9/11 events.
Erling Haagensen will speak about his investigative work related to the famous round churches on Bornholm, and the proof that this island was an important strategic base for the order of the Knights Templar about 1000 years ago, and of the fact that the churches’ positions follow interesting geometrical and astronomical lines.
Advaitananda will present the book he just finished: The internet inferno. This intriguing book reveals the lies and tricks that lie beyond the main telecommunication technologies that populate today’s society, especially beyond the Internet, the technology which has now conquered most of the populations of developed countries. The reader will find here, from many perspectives and angles, a simple and lucid analysis of the internet and of technological advancement in general, from an integrated perspective. The conclusions of the comprehensive analysis made in this book (about which we will refer to in extenso soon) are the results of the revelations and insights he has received, and the impelling necessity to offer them to those who are looking for a deep understanding of what is going on with them and with the world today. One may say it is eye-opening, and will at least give certain new perspectives on the way we are using the internet today.
In the end, there will be a debate that will unite all these brilliant minds and spirits and will answer to the questions of the public, that will be at that point enough stimulated in order to start to dare to reason a bit.. differently, including new points of view and enlarging the ''horison''.
Here is the program of the Truth Seminar:
12.00 – 12.15 Opening of the Truth Seminar (Danish)
12.15 – 12.30 Pet Goat II – short Film by Louis Lefevbre (English)
12.30 – 13.45 The Internet Inferno – Advaitananda (English)
14.00 – 15.15 The secrets of the round churches and the treasures of the knights templars – Erling Haagensen (Danish)
15.30 – 16.45 The Seventh Tower – 911: An ill-fated history in our time – Niels Holger Harrit (Danish)
17.00 – 18.30 The Star-child Skull – Lloyd Pye (English)
18.30 – 19.15 Final debate: the Truth has no hidden agenda – moderator Joachim Porslund (English)
For those interested, it is also possible to join the seminar through Live Stream transmission here.
We are happy to be the hosts of this event and to meet all these great men that started to mark the way for mankind on the path of discovery of the Truth, and the ones alike who will join us out of thirst of knowledge and not only.
- (Past events)
By Liliana Serban
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God's sacred feast.
All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life's heart.
Khalil Gibran - ‘’The Profet’’
The end of the year, noisy and agitated for each of us, with unexpected fluctuations, many of them shocking but nevertheless, in a paradoxical way, all in the same way : lacking in essences.
Now comes the moment to ask yourself:
,, How would I enjoy the end of this year and the big entrance in this famous 2012 year? An intimate dinner with your best friends? A splashy party with your playful, priceless clique? Or a lone wolf evening which could turn into loneliness ?
But the answer came right on time. An atypical alternative , a novel experience which sounds like a real challenge : a retreat in complete silence organized by NATHA YOGA CENTER lasting 2 weeks having a structured program in 2 modules : 26 December – 1 January for the first module and 1 January – 7 January for the second module. The place : Stevns Klint. Theme: THE REVELATION OF THE INMORTAL DIVINE SELF ATMAN.
For many of us this choice could be similar to.....torture, convicting yourself to live 12 days of penance with lots of privations and a whole storage of bedevils because the indoor rules of this unedited event claim to all participants without any exception to keep silence, to be more specific, not to say even a word and more so not even a glance for communicating with the others. Men and women separated , keeping as long as possible a state of introspection intended for blocking for as long as possible the endless verbalizing mind flow aiming at the same time to relate yourself for as long as possible , in a continuous way, to the INMORTAL SELF ATMAN.
At the first sight it seems madness to get yourself in such an adventure. Furthermore with such an option you run the risk of having all your friends, your family, your workmates, or school mates questioning upon your state of mental health and also upon your inner emotional balance.
Maybe the reaction facing this choice could be: RUN !
But still…If …
What If, from now on, we will start to embrace only that challenges able to transform and purify both our mind and soul?
So lets bring into the open the daily program of this silent retreat :
7 o’clock: awakening. Every day.
Here nobody can hear any alarm clock but the divine sound of Tibetan singing bowl and so you find yourself outside of time. Then each participant does the usual morning cleaning and purifying of the body, keeping a wise and humble silence. Then comes the gathering for breakfast in the dinning room.
8 o’ clock: the first meditation of the day. Advaitananda, the coordinator of this spiritual camp, synthesizes the main aspects of the mediation . The meditation lasts for two hours. For someone who this kind of activity is not quite a routine, that could sound alarming. But anyone who got through this experience could certify that once this journey started, it is obvious that this amount of time is justified. It is like, analogically speaking, one who decides to ski would allow only 30 minutes for that action, including the additional preparations like the outfitting, climbing the slide and so on.
After this meditation follow 90 minutes of individual practice: asanas , pranayama , oli mudras , other techniques of hatha yoga.
A shorter meditation comes after and then comes the lunch break. Even that common moment could turn into an event because it is really amazing to take the banal act of eating as a ritualistic act.
Eating silently , no radio, no TV, no cell phones, no convenient conversations, just you and yourself, completely thoughtless and one hundred percent awake , conscious, second after second.
Just feeling this healthy, clean, alive food made with lots of soul and devotion.
The longest meditation of the day is starting at 15. It lasts for about 3 hours, then the daily program continues with the second part of the individual hatha yoga practice, a lecture with the same topic: The revelation of the Supreme Self Atman. The program of the day ends at about 23 when Advaitananda is reading and giving the answers to the participants’ questions.
Here it is necessary to mention that all the meditations of this spiritual camp are sustained in a subtle way by the spiritual guide of this yoga school, Gregorian Bivolaru.
Following this program , day by day , one can discover so much peace in his soul, so much purity, so much space in his heart filled with lots of love combined with a lot of mental focusing and above all, a fervent desire to discover the divine spark inside yourself ; the Supreme Immortal Self Atman.
At the end of the first module , I saw people crying of happiness .What miracle has happened from just sinking deep inside your heart , searching for the Spark of Godliness in you , following the same question:
WHO AM I? WHO AM I?
Am I really the one whose name is A or B?
Am I really the one who is living in that place?
Am I really that one who has those habits, those iron-bound principle, those fashionable tastes , those exquisite belongings, This specific lover?
Am I really the one that I have laughed and cried for so many times in my life?
Am l the one who for so many times have surmounted peaks and then have sunk hunting the material success?
WHO AM I?
I am neither THAT, nor THAT .NETI . NETI (in Sanskrit).
I AM THE SUPREME IMMORTAL SELF ATMAN.
I AM A SPARK OF GOD THE FATHER AND IN ETERNITY I AM LIVING IN THIS SACRED UNITY.
The first module of this silent retreat was wrapped up with a certain protective light. It was a fabulous, mysterious, silent journey through each inner profound layer. The magic of inner transformation and purification was reflected also by a very special mystic and confidential moment at the light of a bonfire under the sky blanket full of stars.
The second module was, so to speak ,,the hardcore one” .The duration of the daily meditations was around 6 hours, sometimes maybe more. Advaitananda gave to the participants some specific clues in order to ,,die hard,, into your ego and reborn easy like a baby into a new life.
The spiritual adventure is going on even farther. Analogically speaking, it seems like a journey up to a very high peak , following the narrow path , step by step , in a humble tenacious state , inspired by the light of a high spirit, animated by a ocean-wide faith, focused deep in the ,,heart of the heart”.
Living in the eternal NOW, with an endless profound faith in the Spiritual Guide, The Supreme Atman.
Lots of people who have narrated their spiritual experiences at the end of this module had the same strong feeling of ,,dying in ego“, in their narrow, conditioned being and feeling reborn in full light like a new human being . The magic touch of the Supreme Self Atman detonates the entire being, provoking huge spiritual transformations. Starting now, one can realize that the real life, the real conscious human state is TO BE ONE WITH THE SUPREME COUNSCIOUSNESS, GOD THE FATHER .
I AM that one that is the Supreme Self Atman.
I Am that one that is Paramatman, God the Father.
I AM that one who IS.
We left Stevns Klint, the 7 of the January, late in the night. I, that one who just discovered myself, you that one who are reborn again rising from your own ashes. That one who is, that one who I am, brothers and sisters in spirit, born in light, searching frantic for the light, getting right back to our common lives, among friend, mates, relatives, everyone of us enriched with this colossal experience, beyond any price just because we dared … we dared to say,, What if..,, we dared to be different, we dared to aspire to immortality and perfection…”
That Silent Retreat was Bliss and we are looking forward to NATHA YOGACENTER offering many such blissful events!
Thank you, NATHA YOGACENTER !
- (World Events)
These days, winds of political revolution sweep over large parts of the world. People who are unhappy with their situation usually think that political change will transform their lives for the better. Spirituality teaches us that this is only a trick of our minds – real change must always come from within. The external problems are the reflection of our inner problems. If we don’t solve our inner problems, no matter what step we take in the world – the end result will be the same. The following article illustrates superbly the inner spiritual mechanisms which are the causes for the unrest in the world, and points out that unless the necessary spiritual transformations take place – no exterior revolution will bring peace. - Natha.net editor
Article by Mihai Stoian
“In capitalism we deal with the exploitation of man by man. But in communism the situation is inverted.“
(Urban folklore from the communist period in Romania)
I wrote this post before the development of tensions in the Arabic countries and the Middle East. Considering the recent events in Egypt, Tunis, Libya, I can see that the post fits the current climate very well.
While the winds of revolution are sweeping away the sand castles of the different regimes in the Arabic countries everything seems to be heading towards the victory of democracy and the expression of the legitimate aspirations of the citizens of those countries… Still I cannot help but notice that there are many signs pointing to what has become the true lesson of history today – the exterior revolution is not a solution without a powerful and successful interior revolution – …and history tends to repeat itself.
Apparently the people are the winners of the street confrontation, but nowadays more and more realize that it is not the people who have gained freedom in Egypt, but those who have used the force of the masses to their advantage (and time will prove again if this was a correct statement). Therefore, today’s revolutionary wave is different from the events in 1989 when, due to the waves of naive enthusiasm, the sinister masquerades of the anti-communist revolutions in Eastern Europe appeared to be genuine even when the hideous smile of those who had cheated the youth of the revolution became obvious.
But at a closer look one can easily see that the present events in the Middle East are nothing more than a “1989” scenario skillfully adjusted to the reality of those countries. And it is interesting to notice that the story starts back 200 years, in the 1789?s French (Masonic) Revolution. In the present context the stakes are proportionally bigger and so is the importance of the actions taken by the CIA-MOSSAD (one cannot be so naive to believe that these events are just left loose by these vectors of the occult power) to destabilize this region in order to consolidate their position in the area and to diminish the support-base of Iran. The multiplying or empowering factor for these vectors of occult power is the people themselves who can now be easily driven to protest on the streets for ideals such as freedom. If we consider also the mass manipulation by using of HAARP devices (fact already becoming almost official) we can foresee the picture of the final destination of these events.
This article is written as a continuation of the comments to the movie “Invisible Empire“. In the previous comments I stated that I do not agree with the nearly desperate urgent calls by the film’s creator to act on the street. As promised, I will explain here, the statements that I made at that time. However one should bear in mind, from the beginning, that it is not only a logical problem to consider for it is directly reflected in our daily life and i consider that the understanding of these aspects can bring us closer to a more harmonious life in this world.
Today there are increasingly more people (from those who promote the truth behind the mass media’s smoke screen) who call for the unity of all popular forces in order to take the power from the hands of the few and give it back to the people.
Given the experience with Communism that ruled with the slogan “the power of many over the few” and with Capitalism that rules with the philosophy of “divide and conquer”, and considering the lamentable failure of both of them (given that each system sooner or later ended with the same situation: the power is put into the hands of few who are ruling over the many) we can conclude that one has to be careful in joining any call for either unity of people or for following our own divided interest. In fact we have to be careful in following any call today when it is not coming from our Heart.
We must understand where the failure in these two systems occurred in order to become able to transform something for real.
The difficult part in this analysis appears from its beginning through the fact that, paradoxically, these two systems (communism and capitalism), only apparently cover both possible ways in which humans can interact: unity and separation.
An Elitist Occult Minority Holds the Power Over the Majority
People have either united, forming a people’s majority (as in communism), or people have followed each of their own goals, being governed by the rules of the state of law (as in capitalism), and the result seems to be, sooner or later, the same for all: an elitist occult minority holding powers over the majority of people who don’t even have a clue about what is being done to them.
If, through the unity of the exploited ones or through their lawful separation (on the basis of some laws), the result tends to still be the same, we have all the rights to ask ourselves what the solution would be? Similarly, this constant returning to the phase of confiscating the power in one way or another by occult groups shows us that the problem of the inhuman exploitation and of elitism cannot be sought in the organizing system of the majority, but rather in the very nature of this majority which seems to always generate the same situations in the absence of adequate education.
Let’s take these two examples and see if there is any common element behind them, which might actually be the cause of the failure even though the two systems seem to perfectly complete each other (in other words, together they cover the entire range of possibilities and therefore the failure cannot come from somewhere else externally). We have seen that if people unite in order to form a certain popular force they put together various thoughts and aspirations which later on become a kind of gigantic reservoir which accumulates all their experiences. We encounter this in what is generically called the collective subconscious.
Communism works in such a way that this collective subconscious is greatly amplified and the people are very directly and dynamically connected to it, thus they are very powerfully influenced by its content.
On the other side, the capitalist system works so that people are dominated by the idea that they are special and different, and their spirit of competition is stimulated to the point in which there is almost no cohesive power left between the individuals. This is what makes the individuals prone to the forces of the state, which are the only forces that cannot be confronted with any successful opposition.
In order to understand how it is possible that these two systems (which are so clearly different) can still lead to the apparition of the same occult power and, moreover, to its support both through the development of the system and through its demise (as happened with the communist system, through its very demise fed the same occult power which fed itself in the first stages after the previous demise from the ‘carcass’ of the exterminated system). I think that we must study some fundamental mechanisms of the human being; mechanisms which make him react in this way both individually and within the group.
The Initiate and The Egoist: The Man and His Shadow
A very important element which we must take into consideration here is the fact there are certain principles to be found in the depths of human nature which preordain human beings, so that sooner or later they behave and are organized in the same way within similar conditions.
Here I refer for instance to the concept of a ‘chosen being’ or of ‘the elite’. This concept has always been a shadow – a reflection in the inferior planes – of the spiritual concept of initiate and that of esoteric (occult) circle. People who do not have the level of consciousness – or no longer have – to perceive this concept of initiate together with all its consequences, search unconsciously to find themselves a special status or to differentiate themselves from the others because this is what they understand from the notion of initiate: a special person who keeps a distance from the others. This is translated from the perspective of the ego through the notion of ‘elite’ and ‘elitism’. What has been the sign of a superior level of consciousness – the initiate – now becomes the mark of the inferior level of consciousness – the egoist or the elitist. Thus we can see how the elitist is a caricature-like copy (from the perspective of the ego) of the initiate.
If the initiate is a being who is by the nature of his knowledge above the others who are in the earlier stages of the adventure of evolution, the egoist or the elitist is the one who, by the nature of his limitations, considers himself special, exceptional or to be ‘the chosen one’. The feeling of being special becomes central in the case of the egoist while in the case of the initiate the interest for knowledge and evolutionary transformation is the central element of his interest. The initiate is interested in perfecting himself and through this – even if he does not at all aim for this – he attains a special status related to the others who are not yet aware at this level or who have not yet transformed themselves to this degree.
The special status of the initiate results from the very nature of the things while the special status of the elitist, or the egoist, results from the constant effort to gain and maintain this status. The egoist or the elitist is interested in having a special status even if it is not deserved. He is usually a mediocre man who does not deserve this status in reality.
That is exactly why the egoist starts to make an effort to create an image of the chosen being for himself, of belonging to the elite, and he works to maintain this image through the mystification of the truth or even through the effort of personal elevation. For this he joins forces with others who have the same mentality, creating occult groups, self-named as chose ones or the elite.
Groups of initiates preserve their anonymity and discretion due to the objective necessity which appears through the very big difference between their level of consciousness and manifestation and those who are still in ignorance. Their work is done within themselves and their discretion is maintained in a natural and effortless way. If this difference in the level of consciousness did not exist, the group of initiates would not need to keep anything secret. On the other hand, elitists, or egoists, usually have no objective reason which would create the necessity for keeping certain secrets, except for the need to appear different to how they are, for playing an image enhancing game based mainly on the skilful manipulation of secrets and, thus, on holding onto power in a formal and illegitimate way.
They cultivate a certain self-image by placing, apparently, the notions of charity and mutual help, humanism and evolution at the centre of their attention, but through attentive analysis we can see that these are obviously very smartly conceived image enhancing games (and not at all sustained by their concrete actions) in order to maintain the idea of a moral and even spiritual elite and to justify the actions performed from this position.
From this perspective the elite is substituted within the natural order, a counterfeit of what naturally appears within a community through the evolution of some individuals who become initiates. The elite are an aberration of nature trying to hide exactly by imitating nature. The leading elite justify their existence through the fact that somebody has to lead and has to assume this, and they do so because they are the ‘chosen ones’. However, over time it tends to become clear that the value of the elite is at the same level as those human beings whom they lead and then the tyranny of the mediocre over mediocrity is installed, or … “the exploitation of man by man” :)
Freemasons and Elite Groups Manipulate from Behind the Scenes
Due to the need for imitating nature in order to survive and to succeed, the elitists are hiding under the form of an occult initiating group; they pretend to be initiated and they even perform, for the purpose of parading, rituals which aim to convince the neophyte that everything is authentic and that they have reached within the centre of the initiated ones because they deserve it and because they have been chosen.
This is the thought and action pattern of the freemasons (masonry) and other occult groups of the worldwide elite who are leading the freemasons (masonry). This is the place from which they view their backstage manipulation of power and control over the states of the world.
Indeed, it is true that there are human beings who should lead the others but this should result from a process of natural evolution and not at all as a result of some formal and arbitrary elections organized by the elite who play their own games of power.
Now do not leap out of your chair in order to point out the “political incorrectness” of the above statement, because here I do not refer to democratic elections, but to power manoeuvres which often ridicule and debase the democratic elections. All the manoeuvres peformed by the circles of the elite in order to maintain the power of the elite are flagrant violations of the natural order and even of the idea of democracy in its true sense.
Read Also: “Exterior Revolution is Not a Solution – Part One”
But the question which blocks the clear thinking of many (who sincerely try to unveil how things happen at this level) is the following:
“How is it possible that the elite manifests at almost all the levels and in almost all the areas of human life without anything at all being disclosed about its existence? How is this conspiratorial phenomenon happening without us – the majority of people – knowing anything?”
The answer to this question does not appear in the field of understanding of contemporary people and this is exactly why very many have the tendency to eliminate from the very beginning any possibility that this worldwide elite exists and has the capacity to rapidly multiply both in number and especially in power and arrogance.
The answer to this question, in my opinion, is the following: you do not have to create a worldwide elite, you only have to create a small nucleus which governs itself from the principle of the elite. This will multiply itself like a virus which will slowly contaminate all the human structures for the simple reason that human nature is vulnerable to these types of “elitist” ideas.
By means of this, people will organize themselves into elite and occult groups, without the necessity for too much direct interference.
In order to become an initiate you must make intensive effort to win over your inferior temptations, you must transform yourself in an authentic way and without deceiving yourself.
However, to become part of the elite you must consider yourself special and to lie to yourself as well as possible. It is obvious that for many, who are weak characters, the second option is the real one.
As a supplementary argument I would like to show you here what is said in a certain protocol of the freemasonic masters, which appeared in the year 1897 at Basle and which, since then, can clearly be distinguished in the majority of revolutionary social and popular actions. I must admit that before reading these protocols I myself had the tendency to believe what was said about these protocols – that they are some fabrications from the Tsarist secret services or some inventions against the Jews. However, after reading these protocols, I had no doubt about their authenticity and this was for the simple reason that their age correlated with the bewildering degree of accomplishment of the outlined directives. If somebody comes with the text of a prophecy and then it is said that the respective prophecy is false, but all that is prophesized in that writing turns out to be true … then is clear that the prophecy is true, irrespective of its author.
Let’s see now what these puppeteers from the shadows say about the freemasons and about the way in which they have to be manipulated (refering here obviously to those who are on the inferior levels). As it can be noticed, the elitist attitude comes through these lines together with its specfic miasma:
We shall multiply Masonic Lodges as a means of gathering under our eye all those goyim who (promise to become prominent in public activity), particularly all agents of international police, for these are useful both to enforce and to screen our activity. We puff up their foolish egotism, their need for any little success, in order to keep them in line, for these tigers in appearance have the souls of sheep . . . They are incapable of the analysis and observation required for foresight, hence the inevitable subjection to ours of the brute mind of the goyim.
In the following here is a selection from what this protocol says showing the nature of the groups of the elite. I chose to place here the entire text and to only underline the sequences important for the present discussion:
“Everyone of them must know that there can never be equality as a result of the specific types of work to which the humans are subjected, that they cannot be all without any exception responsible in front of the law; that, for instance, the responsibility is not the same for the one who only stains his own honour.
The real knowledge of the social order, in the mysteries of which we do not involve the christians, would show that the place and the work of each should be different so that it doesn’t become a source of troubles as a consequence of adequacy between education and work.
By learning this knowledge (and since the primary schools) the peoples will voluntarily bend to the social orders and powers established by them within the State. And on the contrary, in the present state of the knowledge, as we have created it, the people, blindly trusting the printed word hopes, as a consequence of the untruths which it will believe and with which we maintain its stupidity, a hatred against all the positions which he believes to be above him, because he doesn’t understand the importance of each social position.
This hatred will even grow following the economical crisis, which will end through the stopping of the stock exchange operations and the course of the industry.
When we’ll give birth (with the help of the hidden means at our disposal, through the gold which is entirely in our hands) to a general economical crisis, then we’ll throw out on the streets entire lots of workers in the same day, in all the countries of Europe.
These discontent masses will thirstily shed the blood of those whom, in the simplicity of their ignorance, they begrudge ever since their childhood and whose goods they can rob at that moment. But they will not touch ours, because we’ll know in advance the moment of the attack and we’ll take all the measures to take shelter.
We said that the progress will subject all the Christians to the reign of the ratio. This way our despotism will be manifested; it will know how to calm down the troubles through sharp and exemplary measures; it will be able to chase away liberalism from all the institutions.
When the people will see that, in the name of the freedom, they were given so many concessions and advantages, each one will stupidly imagine that he is the master and is greedily jumping to the power but, sure enough, he bumps against lots of obstacles. Then he doesn’t consider to return to the point where he came from, but starts looking for a new leader and, thus, without being aware of it, he is laying down to our feet all the powers. Remember the French Revolution, which we have given the name “The Great”; the mysteries of its preparations are well known to us since it was entirely our work. Since then we bring the people from one disappointment to another, with the goal that they give up even the good things, for the benefit of the future despot-King, whom we prepare in the future for the world.
Today we are almighty as international power, since, if we are attacked in one State, we are defended in the other states. The endless cowardice of the christian peoples who are dragging in front of the power, showing no mercy towards small weaknesses and mistakes, but completely merciful towards the big crimes, who don’t want to acknowledge the contradiction with the idea of freedom, who are patient to the sacrifice in front of the brutal power of a daring despot – this is what fully enables our self-sufficiency. These Christian people suffer and endure from their prime-ministers obvious injustices for which twenty kings could have been beheaded.
How can we explain such a phenomenon which shows an inconsequence of such an extent of the people’s masses in front of the things which seem to be of the same nature? This phenomenon is explained by the fact that these dictators – prime ministers – make do that, through their agents, the people is told that, if they cause great drawbacks to the States, all these are only performed for the final goal to later ensure the happiness of all the peoples, their international union, solidarity, equal rights for all. For sure, they are never told that this union should only be done under our guidance and our domination.
Hence, this is how the people punish the righful ones and forgive those who are very guilty, trusting more and more that he, and only him is meant to do all that he likes. In such circumstances, in the end, people are destroying any peaceful order and bring forth to injustice and disorder with every step.
The word FREEDOM is quickly pushing to fight the human societies against any power, be it even the power of God and of nature. This is why after our raising to power this word must be eradicated from the human vocabulary as being the principle of brutality, which changes the masses into wild beasts. It is true that these beasts always fall asleep after they have drunk blood and that in this moment it is easy to enchain them. But if they are not given blood, then they do not sleep, but fight.”
- Hence this is why I consider that, through this action, from the movie “Invisible Empire” (but not only there) of urging the people to go out and unite in the name of the fight for overthrowing those who behold the power in an abusive way (the elitists), these people become the unconscious (or conscious in some particular cases) agents of this occult power. They do nothing else than to open the free way for those who will cynically overtake the power right from those from those who have collected it with so much effort, once the waters have calmed down. -
But everytime the masses of the people gather in the name of an ideal, this ideal is in opposition with something which has already existed, they will sooner or later become vulnerable to the infiltration and, in the final instance, manipulated. The greater the mass of people, the easier an elite can manipulate it through these games which exceed the capacity of understanding of the great masses of people. The elites will dominate with great ease a boiling public which has its primary instincts awakened (the thirst for blood) than a majority of educated people who are aware of themselves. In the second situation, these human beings would smile at the stupid attempts of the elite to counterfeit their common sense and vigilance in by no means would let themselves dragged into the uproar of events which they cannot control.
An exterior revolution will always end by serving the interests of the elite which in fact is feeded by revolutions. After each such exterior revolutions the power of the occult elites have increased instead of decreasing and this happened because they were able to direct this blind force of the revolution towards its goals.
Therefore what is the answer?
The revolution must begin from within and only when there it has succeeded, can it move towards outside. Only in this situation the leading people will not be quarrelling with each other, they will have the capacity to work together for real as the same heart and in the end to manage to revolutionize the world as they have revolutionized themselves.
Of course, such a solution is not so simple as the other one and in addition is not at all pleasant for our ego. An exterior revolution is interesting for the ego and in addition it skilfully masks our incapacity to transform ourselves because now we are working on an exterior revolution “towards the benefit of the others”. And there is no more dangerous person to itself and to the others than the one who (falsely) believes that he is doing all in the name of helping the others.
Consequently, people like Alex Jones call to fight in an exterior revolution but who will lead the revolutionary army in the conditions in which Alex Jones himself needs some inner revolution (even just an alimentary one)?? It is obvious – watching the documentaries he is creating – that his agressiveness, many times uncontrolled makes him become blind to certain sensible arguments, often allowing himself the temptation of truncating the truth in order to obtain a certain effect in the public a method which later he stigmatizes in those who behold the power. Such behaviour denotes that the exterior revolution has already started to show its dangerous fangs and to foreshadow its confiscation by the forces who behold the power also in the present moment.
Otherwise it is not at all by coincidence the fact that the great dictatorships of the 20th century were installed through revolutions or ample social movements which have installed them at the head of the state. This shows that in fact the exterior revolution is nothing but a sign of our incapacity to follow our spiritual destiny as humans and then we choose to manifest this transforming impulse in actions oriented exclusively towards outside. The price which we pay is the set up of a dictatorship which will use the created chaos and will steal the revolution of the naive and exteriorized ones.
Therefore I consider that the most powerful revolution is the revolution of education and spiritual evolution because this can neither be checked, nor controlled too easily and its results are much stronger since it destroys the possibility for the power to control it any more from within the beings who are free, this way. That is exactly why – based on the principle that “the first piece of the domino is the most defended one” – all the authentic spiritual schools are defended with great rigour and systematically attacked and discredited so that, this way, the spiritual education – which very easily brings the inner transformation of the people – cannot be transmitted. This way there will be promoted the non-values and the elites instead of the authentic initiates (see in the following also the article about NEW AGE).
If we relate to the events in December 1989 from Romania (events which are named by the leaders of the Romanian elites in a cynical way, Revolution!) we’ll easily notice this tragic situation: innocent people were sacrificed by the elitist groups in order to legitimate their lawlessnesses and to validate their statute of elite “emanated” from the fights of the streets. But beyond these fights there remained the cynical planning of some people who have activated “the human livestock” in actions of almost ritualic sacrifice aiming to install a new elite to power in Romania. In the same way are ongoing the things in the majority of the countries in the world nowadays.
In order to illustrate this with another meaningful situation I will synthesize a series of events in Denmark: the country’s prime minister came in the Parliament and shamelessly lied, stating that there are pieces of certain information regarding the mass destruction weapons in Iraq. He has convinced thus a hesitating Danish Parliament to send troops in Iraq. After a while, a news reporter has brought the proof – with photos of official documents beheld by the Danish prime minister at the moment of taking the decision to send Danish troops in Iraq and has showed that in the respective documents there was clearly stated that there is no information about the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq!
There appears a small quarrel in the Danish press, but very well controlled by the Jewish cartel which controls the major press in the kingdom. The Danish prime minister hands out to the reporter a high distinction for professionalism in journalism and in one year he is chosen again as prime minister through the people’s poll! After one more year Anders Fogh Rasmussen (since he is the infamous character) is chosen for the much more important function of general secretary of NATO. It is obvious that, after lying so well in the name of the allies … he also deserves a piece of the pie which he has been defeating.
His lie and corruption proved with documents have qualified him by default for the supreme function in the alliance. Hence, this is how the elite works in this case. There is no point for me to insist on the fact that Anders Fogh is a member in a central masonic lodge in Copenhagen. “something is rotten in Denmark” … one could say.
What would be the solution to such a situation??? To go out on the street? Well, with such a population which has already accepted so easily these things it would be a child’s game to easily confiscate the power and to update it for the new demands.
And, since I’ve mentioned here more times about masonery and about the protocols of the “wise” I will continue with a series of pieces of information and comments on the worldwide masonery and its elitist (and egocentric) occult structures. Similarly I think it is interesting for all of us to debate on the text of the protocols in the light of the events from the last 113 years
Success and let God keep us all within His Love.
- (World Events)
Our Actions Bear the Fruits of Our Responsibility
We live in a time of humanity’s evolution in which we must learn the lesson of living together. This lesson takes place with all its ups and downs, and makes us face both our inner tendencies and the consequences of our own actions. The planet has become too small for ignoring one another, and it is even smaller for such big egos (huge in some cases).
Therefore, we need to understand now, more than ever, that each of us has his/her own meaning in Creation, that all our actions affect both ourselves and others, and that we cannot continue to be content with the infantile statement: “If you don’t like it, go and play somewhere else!” We cannot do this because the toys we are playing with make the planet look small. The one who dislikes our game cannot go far enough away for our game not to affect his life. This individual or collective amplification of power – obtained through the progress of science- compared to the dimensions of the planet and to the expansion of civilization throughout all habitable land, is forcing us to learn to be together in one way or another.
For example if we only look at the human pandemics like AIDS or the swine flu. Or the military operation which began, in earnest in late 1997, with airplanes spraying the skies throughout America, Canada, Europe and Asia with substances that were initially referred to as “mystery contrails” , but later on were named “chemtrails” by investigative reporter and author William Thomas. 13 years later we are still inhaling these substances and if you are reading here for the first time about them, then just google the word “chemtrails” and you will soon understand the scale and importance of these matters.
Sharing Limited Resources – A Lesson of Discernment and Maturity
Moreover, if we look attentively around us, even to those we completely dislike, we will notice that we share the same resources, and we have, practically, the same fundamental ideas of life, however particularly defined.
Few years ago, The Guardian published a report backed by 1,360 scientists from 95 countries – some of them world leaders in their fields – warning that the almost two-thirds of the natural machinery that supports life on Earth is being degraded by human pressure.
This should make us look with more maturity and attention at the nature of the inter-human relationships in order to find a viable solution for harmonious cohabitation. In the communist system, the attempt to “level” everyone, so that all are the same and thus can live together like the bricks in a wall, failed. We have noticed that we are in fact different and we cannot simply ignore these differences, as they are innate to our being. On the other hand, the exaggerated and obsessive concern for the individual being that has appeared in the capitalist wilderness has led to social abuses (from individual drug abuses to the wider scale abuses like Lehman Brothers bankruptcy), ecological disasters (the petrol leak in the Gulf of Mexico to give here only one example), the attitude of “after us, the flood” (which, in Romanian language means that we do not care what follows after) and so on.The problem is that the speed of expansion of human interaction and inter-dependencies is much higher than the speed in which we learn to live together or the speed of improving the relationships between one another. This is the cause of an exaggerated concern to find solutions at the macro-system, social level, ignoring the solutions at the micro-system, individual level. In other words, we are trying to cure the organism from a tumor by restricting the shape of its development.
The solution is not only outside of us. We cannot force people to be together, regardless of how organized the system might now be. What we can easily do, however, is to learn to live together, and that means learning the secrets of inter-human relationships so that we can each become unique conscious pieces of the extraordinarily complex system which is the Universe. An important lesson of this cohabitation and communication is the lesson of discernment. It is the lesson of knowing what is good and what is bad, what is true and what is false and how to make the difference.
The Arrogance of Power Holders – The New Worldwide Dictatorship
This lesson is closely connected with the lesson of power: the one having power will have the tendency to use manipulation and lies for facilitating that power and without discernment therefore, one is unable to protect oneself from lies and manipulation.
What I mean by the arrogance of power is that the majority of the centers of power in the world these days (let that be economic power, financial power, military power and so on) are being maintained through using power abusively and manipulatively and like air, the lie has become a part of their life. In the past, the lies were somewhat discrete, carefully created so that those looking for truth were unable to see them.
More recently, the powers in the world show signs of deterioration. The power holders have become arrogant. If until now the lies were carefully spread, so they could be swallowed by the gullible masses, the lies are now more and more obvious and the arguments offered more and more infantile. The example of 9/11 is such a world classic of our times that it will soon become synonym with the word lie, so it’s the war on Iraq and reasons for starting it. And to illustrate my point here, have a look at ">this interesting sequence on George W Bush talking about what he recalls taking place on the verge of the New York terrorist attack (9/11). As you can see I picked this up from youtube.com, widely available,
This kind of arrogance shown by the power holders today, as they display a state of indifference towards the ways in which they manipulate, is a sign that this power is on the brink of believing itself invincible and, abandoning reason, becoming an abominable dictatorship. When analyzing totalitarian systems, it is easily apparent that one of the clearest signs displayed by the dictatorship, before installing its abominable domination, is exactly this kind of arrogance in manifesting power. And here I remembered the famous Herbert Hoover quote “It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech, but immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own.” The dictatorship manifests its power carelessly, its lies becoming obvious, when the game of power is already decided and there is no chance of modifying the situation.
I am talking here about international organizations that are trying insidiously to fulfill the commandments of the freemasonic brotherhoods. It is no longer a secret that these brotherhoods have widely infiltrated the top ranks of these organizations. In this way, the tendency for globalization, instead of being a wonderful expansion of the individual and group fields of consciousness towards a planetary consciousness, has become a form of trans-frontier and trans-state dictatorship. Lies and terror are the tools of this new planetary dictatorship.
Now, though, the lie is obvious and the power’s arrogance it is a sign that we no longer have a bunch of creative powers but rather a mono-block dictatorship, which has already installed its system. And it is only a matter of time (not long) until it shows its true face.
The Lesson of The Brotherhood of Spirit
Perhaps this is a necessary lesson for the human being who, in the process of becoming, needs to experience both options (expansion of group consciousness or planetary dictatorship) for reaching the transcendental truth, a truth that contains and goes beyond both options. For those happy with this argument, I remind them that these words are also part of the same lesson, and the awakening of as many individuals as possible is part of the process which will sweep away the dictatorship of the few (in the name of the many) and replace it with the true spiritual awakening of the majority.
Thus, the arrogant and power-obsessed dictatorship will be replaced with the Universal Brotherhood of Spirit. And I am not referring here to the pervasive systemic manipulation, such as the role of money in “normal” politics that purchases access and influence. Neither are ‘revolving door’ stories, which is the practice of hiring government officials to promote or lobby for companies they were recently paid to regulate.
by yoga professors Adina and Mihai Stoian
The discovery of the Self is a fascinating adventure, a journey full of experiences which you can make either alone or not… But in the couple the spiritual transformations are much faster and more efficient. And, as we all look for accomplishment through love, it is more natural to step towards the peaks of perfection together with the beloved being.
Love is the divine gift for which we must be profoundly grateful. It is the key that opens for us the gate towards the Absolute, the magical catalyst of any beneficial becoming. For instance, anyone who has practiced meditation for a longer period of time, knows how difficult it is to experience spiritual states with an agitated, full of thoughts and stressful mind. But when we fall in love, this gate towards the Absolute opens with an extraordinary easiness; because love is a very clever way of tricking the ego.
The happiness of the other one spontaneously comes above one’s own happiness, and the other one’s wishes come above one’s own wishes. Love makes us open and generous, and the empathic quest of the other one’s soul will bring us closer to our own soul.
Accept the differences
Due to the complex processes of resonance and to polarization, any experience, any state, any beneficial energy has a very profound echo in the couple. If you ever did a meditation with the one you love – or any other spiritual exercises – you know that where there are two, the power increases. And not arithmetically, according to the ordinary 1+1=2, but sometimes exponentially. Together, two souls expand through love, and head towards the awakening of the Self consciousness. And this is sometimes easier and faster then if done separately.
Evolution in the couple also brings another advantage – the objectivation through the reflection in the other one. The lover is like a mirror. Do you like what you see in it? This means that you are all right yourself. You don’t like it anymore? Then it is possible that you are not on the right track, yourself. Within a spiritual couple, if you know how to look at it, the relationship will always show you where you are heading, and the chances that you deviate are smaller. Of course, the other one will not necessarily tell you: “You know, your morning meditation was a little bit like «ice-skating» … you were not really focused”. But everyday life. the smallest gestures or actions, the way in which love blossoms or, on the contrar, seems to whither, gives the clues about the spiritual evolution. If the lover fascinates you, if you find her or him wonderful, if you feel you can open towards her or him with your entire heart, this shows that you are fascinating, wonderful and worthy of total trust. The other one is only your reflection.
When we fall in love, we see in a mirror the incarnation of our own aspirations. Through transfiguration, we experience the euphoric sensation of coming out of our own inner “prison”. We feel reborn. Everything is perfect, unique. We are happy that the other one appeared. We charge her or him with all our aspirations, with all our wishes. Also with those we are not conscious about. The other one is a “support” for all our projections. But if she or he remains with us for a longer period of time, we slowly, slowly begin to come back, without being aware of it, to the initial point of view. We return to our own limitations. The expanded and generous vision is blurring in the preoccupation for ourself, which conflicts, most of the time, the interests of the other one. And in this way the blockage is done!
Unfortunately, very many times we have the tendency to look upon the tensions or differences which appear as something almost irremediable. From the very beginning, in the moment a misunderstanding appears, or a fight, a disagreement, we tend towards final, definitive positions. “No. I won’t leave until you tell me why you did this or that, until you explain to me. If you don’t agree with me, it is over, I finished with you!”
The disappointment that, obviously, things are not as we imagined, overwhelms the wish to make things work. This reaction shows that the perspective upon the relationship is not constructive, it is not evolutionary. Still, no one who practices yoga and feels a sudden pain in the knee will say to her or himself: “Well, no, such thing is impossible! Either you succeed in doing the asana, or I don’t talk to you any more! It is intolerable that you do such a thing to me!” Normally, we look upon the thing with optimism. We will say: “Well, my knee hurts now, but I will take it easy and it will be solved. I will use a lotion and it will be fine. Or I will try again tonight, when I am even more flexible…”
We have another strategy when it is about what we consider that is part of ourselves. We are tolerant and we accept the dialogue, we cooperate, we understand, often we become too merciful. We do not give definitive verdicts, instead we look for solutions. We have in mind all the time, even if at the subconscious level, that we’ll continue together until the end. When we are in love, the other one is one with us and everything is wonderful. But with the first disharmony that appears, when we take a radical position (either you do like me, or we’re through!), this is a certain indicator that the ardent love from the beginning has cooled down a little and we are out of the state of unison. Giving up instantly, out of fear for difficulties, shows lack of trust in the transforming potential of the being through love. In fact, it shows that the comitement in that couple was not “entirely”. In this way, the relationship is not fulfilling its mission of leading us all the way.
Make space for spontaneity
The couple relationship evolves as a child of the two. It grows and it has a development of its own, many times in an unforeseeable manner. That is why each relationship is unique. The child is not only his or hers. It is both his and hers to an equal extent and to an equal … responsibility. The relationship is somewhere in the middle, it has its own needs and aspirations - which is a wise mediation, through the perspective of love, of the needs and aspirations of the two beings.
Exactly as the parents educate their child, but still they cannot impose their way in life, the couple relationship grows according to its own reasoning. It will take out into the light all that is necessary for the souls of the two beings to flourish. Maybe the mother wants a pianist and the father wants to make him a formula one pilot. But the child will follow his own way. She or he will become, let’s say, a good mechanic engineer singing the organ in his spare time. The demand that the relationship should develop only in a certain way and not otherwise is counterproductive, and it kills it: “It is either as I say or I leave”. But as the wise ones say: “it doesn’t matter who is right, what matters is who loves”.
Unfortunately many couples do not resist to the first crisis, to the first serious awareness. What is the point in talking about the child’s future career, if at the first flue or the first fever attack the child dies?! If our concern is that our spiritual life integrates the couple relationship, we have a more responsible attitude. And we become aware that we must understand the message of this love, we must go all the way and let it fulfill its mission of transforming us.
Nourish the relationship with spiritual aspiration
Axiom: a true couple relationship transforms us. If it does not transform us, it means it died as infant. Unfortunately, some people do not realize this and, indeed, “they live with the corpse in the house”.
We all had the opportunity to see funeral... couple relationships. And this, because many people behave exactly like some parents who play irresponsibly with their child, until he succumbs because they forgot to feed him! God offers us love, but its longevity depends on us. We must take care of it, give it that portion of daily attention, that dose of transfiguration, nourish it from inside and in this way love will grow, it will blossom, it will resist all odds.
We met people who were telling the same thing about five, six relationships in a row. If they looked back, they saw nothing but a long row of crosses. And all relationships – premature death! This happens when we do not look upon the couple as a divine gift which we have to take care of, together with the necessary sacrifices, but as a good bought from a shelf; when we have the consumer’s attitude. We break the wrapping paper – this is always attractive, we look non-attentively to the content and, before even reading the “instruction manual”, we rush to break the wrapping paper of the next gift.
The couple relationship is about much more then this. It is also about responsibility when the lovers have an intense aspiration and a well delineated spiritual goal. This way they are prepared for transformation. Even if there appear crisis, they overcome them together using, among other things, that which each of them achieves in the process of their inner becoming.
In addition, any relationship wears the hall-mark of the predominant level where our consciousness is situated. We always treat or even look at the others according to the respective level. As objects which ensure our survival, in the case of the first energetic center, MULADHARA CHAKRA; as objects of our pleasure, when we are mostly situated at SWADISTHANA CHAKRA; or as some objects to be exploited, upon whom we impose our authority – in the case of the third energetic center, MANIPURA CHAKRA. Only ANAHATA CHAKRA opens for us the perspective of true love, based on self-giving and altruism. Only then we discover that the other one is also… human; And she or he has her or his needs and aspirations. That is why we cannot say that we really love, as long as our consciousness is not focused most of the time at least at the level of the energetic center of affection.
Choose love-making with continence
The sexual, creative energy is the foundation of life. We are, all of us, here because of it. We appeared in the world through this power. It is manifesting in a couple, more than anywhere else, in an active way and it produces the dynamism of the relationship.
In the Tantric vision the very control of the erotic energy, while making love, the practice of sexual continence helps us to better understand polarization in the couple and to fully enjoy all the advantages it brings. The choice of alchemizing sexuality instead of giving up on it, making it sacred, instead of condemning it, can make of our relationship a wonderful perpetuum mobile: love and sexual continence ensure transformation, spiritual expansion, and this generates even more love and so on. You continually fall in love with the other one because, through this transformation, she or he is all the time another person, unique, more special, more different… Thus, we escape the danger of stagnation, of boredom in the couple and we ensure our evolution in a dizzying ascendant beatific spiral.
It is more correct to say “the maintaining in the state of love” than “more love”, because in the couple it is not a quantitative, but a qualitative aspect which matters. The energy of love is infinite, we are or we are not in resonance with this energy. Thus, we automatically obtain “more love” by maintaining ourselves enough time in resonance with the state of love! In the beginning, being freshly in love, we easily maintain this. But in time and together with all sorts of trials we risk to slide out of it.
The empathic quest of the other one’s soul brings us closer to our own soul
How to still remain in unison with the energy of love? If you have ever been biking, you know that you can keep yourself in balance only when you are dynamic. The moment you stop, you fall! But when you continue to bike, even if the surface of the wheels is very narrow, it is easy to stay on the saddle.
Do you remember? In order to learn biking, you intuitively make left-right movements in order to balance yourself; in the same way, you keep yourself in the state of love. We make readjustments in the attitude of the couple, we make small transformations each time is needed. When we love and we practice the transmutation and sublimation of the love-making energy through continence, this very energy maintains alive the transformation processes at all the levels, and we fall in love again and again, permanently.
Falling in love was given to us by God. Falling in love again and and again and maintaining ourselves in love is our task. If we succeed, the couple relationship becomes an engine of the spiritual evolution. That is exactly why we must offer to love, to our couple relationship the right place in our life, the place from where it is able to engage all the “horse-powers” and to propels us with energy, with enthusiasm, and rapidly to the level of evolution we wish for. And here, we must never worry that we exceed the legal speed, but to be happy that we attain the speed of light.
All these can be achieved through a common spiritual practice, through the SADHANA of the couple, of the “child” of the two lovers. We will come back with another article and give some details about this essential ingredient in a true relationship.
Article taken from YOGA MAGAZINE, 61
The terrible force of time, the infinite compassion, the blinding beauty, the all-inclusive vision, the absolute courage, the power of sacrifice, the fascinating brightness, the sublime void, the perfect game, the splendour of totality. These are the cosmic personalities of the Supreme Feminine Energy; the 10 mirrors which reflect the Creator. Look at yourself in any of them. Any of them can lead you to the ultimate Reality.
In the tantric system, as well as in many other genuine spiritual traditions, the feminine aspect of Divinity is represented by knowledge or wisdom (VIDYA). For example, the Vedas (the oldest sacred Hindu texts) are also called (feminine) Wisdoms.
Generally speaking, Wisdom or Knowledge is considered the Supreme Goddess or SHAKTI, the feminine counterpart of SHIVA (Pure Consciousness). The adoration of the Supreme Goddess must not imply only external rituals, but especially a profound devotion and inner transfiguration, which are accomplished during meditation. In this case, meditation does not necessarily mean the adoration of the forms and qualities of the Goddess (although it can start with the mental image of the form of the respective deity), but transcends a lot the limits that define her name, form or personality, contemplating the Absolute Reality, which is impersonal.
The esoteric aspect of the Supreme Goddess symbolizes what is occult, secret, subtle, meaning what must be sought and discovered. Under her aspect of Logos, SHAKTI represents both spiritual teaching, which is offered to those who want to absorb it, as well as its deep understanding. From this perspective, she is The Inner Power of the Spiritual Guide. She shows us the path for transcending the sphere of ordinary knowledge and the duality of space and time, to plunge us into the ancestral mystery of eternity and the infinite.
SHAKTI, as supreme force of Knowledge guides us, inspires us and also reveals to us (when our spiritual level has reached the necessary maturity) the deepest secrets of Creation. Nevertheless, she does not represent only Knowledge, but simultaneously she is the endless Divine Energy and the Infinite Bliss of the Divine Consciousness. That is why she is especially recognized in everything that is aesthetic and beautiful in Creation.
She carries the messages of life
It is often said that, “the receptacle of spiritual knowledge is like a source from which we are born into a world of truth and eternal happiness”. This is in fact the esoteric meaning of the syntagma that defines the initiated disciple: “to be born for the second time”. Genuine spiritual knowledge is the Divine Mother herself (MAHA SHAKTI) from who we are “reborn” as deeply transformed and divine beings. The degree to which we succeed to be in communion with the Divine Mother represents, in fact, the stage of our own inner transformation at that time.
Because the Supreme SHAKTI is eternally in an indestructible union with SHIVA (who is the Divine Consciousness), it means that the Goddess is at the same time pure consciousness, who offers us the grace of intuiting the divine essential unity (the Supreme Self Atman) in every being in Creation. The divine transcendent Knowledge offered by SHAKTI completely transcends the mind and its dual manifestations, revealing to us the magnificent source of the entire Creation.
In the tantric Hindu pantheon, the numerous deities represent the distinct aspects of the divine consciousness, which exist at all the levels of the Macrocosm (Creation). The characteristics and powers of each one of them cover a large range of significances, more or less esoteric, from the ones with form to the ones without form, from the concrete aspects to the abstract ones, from the human characteristics to the non-human ones, from the terrible significances to the benevolent ones etc. These deities exist and manifest on each level of the Macrocosm (and, therefore, the microcosm of human being) as various principles, energies and powers, which contribute to the economy of the entire Creation. The Divine Mother, who represents Creation at all its levels, also implies, an infinite diversity, essentially and especially expressed through the ten Great Cosmic Powers, each one of them having well specified attributes. Among other secondary significances, the ten Great Cosmic Powers mean, first of all, the ten Great Wisdoms of God the Father. Their main mission is to reveal the hidden truth of the veil of ignorance and appearances, the veil which manifests in the case of the human being especially through the specific action of the mind. Essentially speaking, the ten Great Cosmic Powers signify the deepest truths of God’s Creation, which go beyond our attachment for the exterior form of things. Their “messages” and “warnings” can sometimes be inspiring and other times frightening, because the ten Great Cosmic Powers represent life itself (which implies the duality (pleasant – unpleasant, etc.) of existence), but nevertheless they are always instructive and beneficial for those who aim to rise above their ignorant condition. Often the form in which they chose to reveal themselves for the perseverant worshiper can be terrible, and this could bewilder those who are not prepared yet. Still, this often represents an excellent way to shock the mind and make it exchange its place for a spontaneous, intuitive, infinitely superior understanding.
I am one with the Supreme SHAKTI
The forms in which the ten Great Cosmic Powers manifest are most of the times ambiguous, contradictory and even paradoxical. The meaning of such manifestations is to astonish the mind of the adept to the level at which the process of thought is entirely neutralized or, in other words, until the source of our limitations and ignorance is thus annihilated.
Life itself is an amazing and deeply mysterious notion. Most of the objectives we follow during our existence are ephemeral and offer no answer to the fundamental question of our destiny: is there anything in our being that transcends death? The ordinary knowledge we receive at school, university, work and in our private lives only embraces a small part from the surface of Creation, which makes most people not to even intuit the existence of the divine fundamental essence inside them. In order to have access to the superior knowledge of the greatest mysteries of Creation and the depths of our being it is necessary to move away from the inferior knowledge, which doesn’t mean to let go of it for good, but to lucidly recognise its limits. That is why it is said that the ten Forms of Divine Wisdom of MAHA SHAKTI (the Great SHAKTI, the eternal feminine Principle), in fact the ten Great Cosmic Powers, are an integral and fundamental part of the supreme science of spirituality.
This science of spirituality represents at the same time a veritable art of wisdom and divine transcendence. It cannot be mechanically approached, but requires a deeply creative participation. In the end we need to really become that divine transcendental reality and experience in ourselves all its manifestations. In other words, we become one with the Supreme Goddess, leaving her to thus fully manifest through us, in a divine and wise way, her gigantic force and energy.
Their beauty is dazzling
Each of the ten Forms of the Divine Mother, each of the ten Great Cosmic Powers represents a specific path towards the highest spiritual realization, meaning the supreme knowledge that transcends time and our false self (the ego). Still, each Great Cosmic Power covers a variety of secondary aspects, which are specific to them. Therefore, if we don’t stay deeply focused upon the divine purpose we’re aiming for in our spiritual quest, we can be easily “caught” in their net. Because the ten Great Cosmic Powers represent the gigantic cosmic forces that accomplish each and every minute, on different levels, the acts of creation, preservation and destruction of Macrocosm, they can be also invoked in order to achieve good health, prosperity, fame or other minor, ephemeral goals in life. If the invocation is made with an egoistic intention, their help will be much more decreased. What we need to understand at this point is the fact that we cannot manipulate these gigantic macrocosmic forces, but we can only benefit from the grace they bestow upon us when our adoration is sincere and profound. We can be receptive to the flows of force and energy, as well as the enigmatic, cosmic rhythms they manifest; yet we will never be able to influence the flux of these colossal energies, which are the ten Great Cosmic Powers.
They represent, as a whole, a complete spiritual teaching, yet some of them are adored in a special manner, in different parts of India, as representations of MAHA SHAKTI Herself. KALI is the first from the pantheon of the ten Great Cosmic Powers. Essentially speaking, all the ten Great Cosmic Powers can be described, from a certain perspective, as different aspects of KALI. Moreover, they are often represented around KALI.
The ten Great Cosmic Powers are divided in two major groups: the ones that usually manifest in benevolent forms and the ones that mostly manifest in terrible forms. The category of the terrifying Great Cosmic Powers is called KALI-KULA (or “KALI’s family), in which we find KALI, TRIPURA BHAIRAVI, CHINNAMASTA, BAGALAMUKHI and DHUMAVATI. The category of the benevolent Great Cosmic Powers is called SHRI-KULA (or “TRIPURA SUNDARI’s family (SHRI)) and it is formed of TRIPURA SUNDARI, BHUVANESHWARI, MATANGI and KAMALATMIKA. The Great Cosmic Power TARA is somewhat between the two great families of Cosmic Powers, since its dark blue coloured form (NILA) represents Her in a terrifying aspect (UGRA-TARA), and its bright-white coloured form represents her in her benevolent and gentle aspect. The iconographic or statuary representations of the Great Cosmic Powers in their benevolent or terrible forms have their source in the Vedic writings themselves (according to some famous Orientals), where goddesses were described both for their dazzling beauty and ornaments which they were wearing on their bodies (the benevolent aspect), and for the weapons they were holding in their hands and which they did not hesitate to use when the situation demanded it (the frightening aspect for those of bad persuasion).
The “right hand” followers of the tantric path usually adore the benevolent forms of the Ten Great Cosmic Powers, while the “left hand” followers especially adore the terrifying forms of the Great Goddesses. Yet, it is necessary to mention that this is a very general distinction. Both forms of manifestation of the ten Great Cosmic Powers (benevolent or terrible) are necessary and complementary on the path of spiritual realization. Thus, the terrible ones remove ignorance, while the benevolent ones grant knowledge. Nevertheless, we need to specify the fact that until the ignorance is removed, superior knowledge cannot be achieved. The terrible forms of the Great Cosmic Powers are correlated to the symbolism of fire, lightning and the sun, which are considered to be “hot” and destructive energies. On the opposite side are the benevolent forms of the Great Goddesses, which are correlated to the symbolism of water and moon, which signify coolness and creativity. Both elements are necessary, because fire is the one that “ripens the fruits of spiritual becoming”, while water is the very element which is being ripened or transformed.
Worshippers reach perfection
In some spiritual schools the first three Cosmic Powers are adored above all. Thus, KALI represents force and the destroying power (SHAKTI), TARA is the ancestral wisdom itself (PRAJNA), and TRIPURA SUNDARI is the dazzling divine beauty (SUNDARA). KALI is correlated with SHIVA (the Destroyer), TARA with BRAHMA (the Creator) and TRIPURA SUNDARI with VISHNU (the Preserver). On the other hand, KALI is assimilated to the Supreme Being or Existence (SAT), TARA is assimilated to the Pure Knowledge (CIT), and TRIPURA SUNDARI is assimilated to the infinite beatitude (ANANDA), these three (SAT-CIT-ANANDA) being, as we all know, the triple hypostasis of the nature of the Divine Absolute. Yet, the ten Great Cosmic Powers do not exhaust all forms of manifestation and action of the Divine Mother, because in the Hindu tradition there is an infinite series of other important goddesses, which are intensely adored by the followers of different spiritual schools. Some are enclosed in the ten Great Cosmic Powers, such as the case of the great goddess DURGA, who is an aspect of TRIPURA BHAIRAVI. On the other hand, PARVATI (the beloved wife of SHIVA, the great god of the Hindu trinity: BRAHMA-VISHNU-SHIVA), a very important goddess of the Hindu pantheon is not specifically mentioned among the Great Cosmic Powers.
In conclusion, the path of spiritual practice of adoration of the ten Great Cosmic Powers is one of the most efficient methods of spiritual realization for a human being, which relates in essence to the SUPREME SHAKTI, especially in an uninterrupted line of the highest level of spiritual teachings, based on the use of MANTRAS and some specific meditation techniques. MAHA SHAKTI, the very spring of Divine Logos in Creation makes possible (when certain space-time conditions are gathered) the renewal of these divine teachings, in the purpose of sharing the superior spiritual knowledge with the ignorant human beings, who are bowing to the terrible actions of time and death.
Article translated from YOGA MAGAZINE no. 53
By Martin Svensson and Celestine Andersen.
This article is based on a lecture which was kept by Martin and Celestine in the International Yoga Congress 2010, which took place on 13-17 of October in Bucharest, Romania. On that event there were kept dozens of lectures and workshops by yoga teachers from all over the world. Among the participating teachers there was made a friendly contest for the best lecture. This lecture by Marin and Celestine won the 3rd place of all the lectures.
We will share our personal experience as a couple, upon tantric lovemaking, sexual continence and polarity as a method for spiritual growth, methods to transform the couple relationship into a spiritual engine through polarity and sexual continence, notions on the differences between men and women, and the game of polarity from a spiritual point of view.
A preview on Tantra
According to the ancient spiritual traditions, Tantra is the science of the consciousness, essentially based on experiencing the most intense and powerful states provided by the senses, in a perfectly controlled manner, in order to use this powerful energy to expand the individual limited field of awareness into the Cosmic Universal consciousness.
Among all the experiences of a human being, the erotic union, full of love and transfiguration between a man and a woman is one of the deepest and strongest. The sexual dynamism is the most powerful physical experience and in the same time so easily accessible, and Tantra offers the method to transform it into a way to spiritual regeneration and ecstasy.
The sexual energy is one of the strongest generators for intensive states we have, and used in a wise and controlled way it can be the trigger for awakening divine levels of our being. Therefor Tantra points out the deep value of the couple relationship and sexual union, because the relationship between the man and the woman holds a tremendous spiritual potential.
Kularnava Tantra states: “Using boring and difficult techniques, nobody can achieve perfection. Perfection can be achieved easily through complete controlled and aware satisfaction of the desires.”
This very courageous approach made Tantra an easy subject of misunderstandings. Westerners misused Tantra for encouraging the so-called free sexuality, which is nothing but a sure path to decadence and sufferance if the sexual continence (in fact implying a very severe discipline in order to be attained) is not practiced!
In order to be able to use the tantric methods for spiritual transformation, one should adopt a new attitude regarding the creative – sexual energy. Spiritualizing and sacralizing the sexuality is a pillar for the tantric path. Without this attitude, all the techniques or procedures are nothing but sterile exercises. What provides the real transformation into a student of Tantra, is this transfiguration of his/her sexuality into a sacred cosmic act of union between the two polarities: masculine and feminine, for recreating the primordial perfect Androgyne.
This way, the sexual union becomes a form of meditative discipline having deep psycho-mental and spiritual effects.
How to use sexuality as a spiritual tool, lies into the mechanisms of the mind and the way these mechanisms can be controlled. Tantra reveals that an intensive state have the power to destroy the self-imposed limitations that we would normally impose in the beginning of our evolution. We all know the experience of the amazing state of freedom and clarity that comes after a very intensive state of pleasure or pain because of the overwhelming amount of emotions. When going lucidly through such intensive experience, our consciousness expands immensely. The tantric system found different methods to produce in a safe way, intensive states and use them systematically to expand the consciousness.
Also here we want to mention the emphasis Tantra puts on our approach on sexuality, that is encouraged to be full of courage without taboos. First of all we have to realise where we are and start from there, as a classical example Tantra gives us. A sense of complete honesty, openness and self-awareness is needed. Everything we fear, will limit and bound us and the way to freedom is to confront and overcome our limiting patterns. Our experience is, that on the base of the intimate love relationship, we became much stronger because we were reflecting each other, giving honest, but loving feedback and guidance. In this way, we became more aware and because of the mutual support, also able to grow and overcome our limitations. The beauty of being in a couple is that there is always one to reflect you and thus the potential for fast and efficient growth, when both have transformation as a goal, and the ability to give feedback with love to help each other and not to criticise. And because we are different, we became examples for each other in different ways. Martin is for example very open-minded and detached and Celestine playful and spontaneous. He taught her to detach from her emotions and become a witness to her life. She taught him to be more free and enjoy life. In this case we helped each other to become balanced, adopting some of the best qualities from each other.
The key to a permanent transformation on the spiritual path, is repetition. An overwhelming, intensive state which is not repeated doesn´t represent a true value for the spiritual practitioner, because only the lasting states marks a real transformation.
And here comes the aspect of discipline that takes the unconscious experience and lifts it through awareness, because of the systematic approach. By putting a conscious goal into the relationship and having practical methods to obtain it, we get the conditions for the experience to become lucid and thus being able to reflect and measure the results. This sounds for some, mechanical and boring, because they are used with pleasure being connected with unconsciousness and “loosing the head” in essence letting go of the control. We see this as a consequence in the society where duty and pleasure is separated and people seek false enjoyment and relaxation through unconsciousness; excess of stimulants, drugs, TV and unhealthy food for paralyzing the senses.
We speak about the conscious erotic intensive pleasure, including all the senses, which can create high states of spiritual ecstasy, when controlled and guided to higher levels of our being.
When we approach the sexual union full of love and aspiration towards the spiritual fulfillment, combined with awareness, we have a perfect set-up for a deep and profound experience with the beloved. If we want to have lasting states of ecstasy and spiritual awakening, it is important to repeat the experience and not to leave it as an outstanding experience based on good luck that day, but to mark it in our consciousness and analyse what made us have that experience - then we can repeat it until we have obtained the aimed goal.
The attitude that Tantra is suggesting is to courageously approach the sexual exercises and should be a combination between the detached state related to karma yoga, the precision of a scientist and the devotion and transformation of a real mystic.
The fundament of the tantric sexuality is love. Even though the tantric approach on sexuality contains methods and techniques to master the control over the sexual energy, this would never be enough in order to reach the truly deep and profound states of divine union in the lovemaking. What really accelerates our states into ecstasy is based on the intense longing and love we have for our beloved, and then applying the sexual continence in the intense and polar lovemaking, we have the perfect recipe for experiencing the divine union with our beloved and the entire Universe.
One of the biggest secrets of Tantra is that the sexual energy hides the greatest potential for transformation and evolution of any human being. The sexual potential is the very manifestation of the creative primordial power at the individual level. Wasting this potential is a fast way to loose all your vital energy. Mastering this potential, maintaining the creative energy through perfect sexual continence, is the way to reach perfection.
Lovemaking with love, transfiguration and sexual continence awakens an enormous amount of energy in the aura of the two lovers. This energy can be used for transforming entirely those beings on all levels through awakening of the superior chakra-s, expanding the level of consciousness over the subtle parallel dimensions, awakening the latent energy Kundalini etc. For this, the process of sublimation is the key. Without sublimation, all the energy resulting after the sexual continence is applied successfully, will tend to stagnate only in the sexual area, lowering its frequency of vibration and possibly generating even negative phenomena such as: irritability, frustrations, tensions, indulging in the trap of sensorial pleasures, confusion, haze, possessiveness, jealousy and attachments.
Through sublimation, sexual energy is directed to other non-sexual aspects of a person such as vitality, psychic and emotional structures, mental and spiritual areas.
Sublimation is a process performed by will. Transmutation of the sexual energies appears almost spontaneously as long as the sexual potential is kept inside during a very intense and effervescent lovemaking (and not wasted through ejaculation or explosive feminine discharge respectively), the energy which results has to be directed and controlled afterwards. If it remains mostly in the sexual area it will have the tendency to ‘condense’ back in lower aspects, producing only an increased sexual appetite and the feeling of erotic desire. It is always a conscious choice to sublimate the energies, either by will, visualization or tantric techniques.
The orgasm: a way to ecstasy
Lovemaking with continence is the way to discover that love, tenderness and sensuality add countless delightful nuances to our whole existence, as well as ensuring excellent health. And, moreover, the sublimation of the energies at superior levels produces powerful spiritual transformations, the goal of any spiritual path.
One of the biggest mistakes nowadays is to equal orgasm and ejaculation (sexual discharge in the case of women). Tantra describes the orgasm as being a blissful state of expansion of the consciousness beyond all the individual normal experiences, in which the usual limits of the selfish ego are suddenly cancelled, the tyranny of the mind is abolished, and the subject experiences a certain form of ecstasy. For a short moment, one discovers in amazement, the abandonment, the death of the egotism, the canceling of the time, and the experience of the Unity, which makes this condition identical with a metaphysical experience; therefore, in terms of the tantric system, often the Enlightenment (the state of ecstasy) is even called "the cosmic orgasm".
In simple words we can say that the orgasm is the door to ecstasy. On the contrary: the ejaculation is the u-turn on that way. Prolonging the orgasm beyond the normal limits through the sexual continence leads to super sensual experiences and enriches us with incredible capacities. The lovemaking experience becomes an opportunity to explore the mysterious land of ecstasy, overwhelming happiness, pure blissful joy, and super sensual games. The feeling of love in a couple is strengthened by the controlled orgasm. Instead of being an exhausting experience, orgasm with continence reveals its sacred meaning.
The true, profound orgasm appears when there is a perfect state of polarity within ones being.
As a very process, the phase of orgasm is characterized by the loss of the individuality (ego). The excitation, previously focused mostly in the genital area, begins now to spread in the entire body, rising towards the head. An intense process of transmutation of the sexual potential takes place and the energy released inside, is leading to an overwhelming state of happiness, pleasure, intuition about the hidden mysteries, insight beyond the ‘normal reality’ and even mystical states. Together with this amazing spiritual experience, the entire physical body feels rejuvenated and regenerated due to the resorption of the rich elements contained in the semen (or sexual feminine fluids) and the re-cycling of them for feeding the inner organs and nervous system. This is the secret process of using the sexual potential (sperm in the case of man and sexual secretions in the case of woman), which is transformed in substances that the organism resorbs inside through the lymphatic network present around the genitals (in this way, all the precious substances that the semen or sexual secretions are made of, are reused and they feed the whole human structure: body, soul and spirit), and the resulting energy become part of the individual global energetic structure.
Once this potential is not lost through ejaculation, the orgasm experience can be repeated indefinitely and thus the couple (both man and woman) can experience the very famous tantric multiple orgasm.
The reason to practice sexual continence appears clearly in this light: it is the only chance to have a wonderful erotic relationship.
The lovemaking with sexual continence allows both lovers to experience peak states of orgasm (in the same time or separately), taking care constantly of the transmutation of the sexual potential (sperm in the case of man and sexual fluids in the case of woman) and sublimation of the resulting energies towards superior chakra-s and refined levels of one’s being.
So both from a human and spiritual point of view, the sexual continence is the wonderful solution to transform our lovemaking in a source of fulfillment and harmony for our couple relationship and, for the tantric initiated ones, to use it for our spiritual evolution [meaning the awakening of superior levels of the being (emotional, affective, mental, spiritual) with the help of the sublimed energies]. Also it is important to underline the importance of the state of orgasm as being an experience of non-duality and transcendence (starting with the limitations of the ego).
Tantra reveals that experiencing long, profound and controlled orgasms a human being has the chance to reach high states of ecstasy and transcendence.
In the tantric tradition, sensuality which is refined and amplified very much through sexual continence, appears as being a natural way to reach divine ecstasy (called in spirituality samadhi). Intense erotic experiences, due to the sexual continence, leads to a transpersonal state together with the other benefits. In the same time, this kind of eroticism is a mysterious way of knowing, the controlled pleasure and intense experience of the senses have here the role of a staircase to superior levels of consciousness.
The success in sexual continence implies some very important aspects. Without grounding the training within them, the practice of sexual continence is very difficult and also, even if the ejaculation could be suspended, spiritual results will not appear. The foremost important one is the LOVE. There is a big difference between having sex and making love. Just to mention few: having sex is a selfish perspective, egoistically oriented only towards satisfying one’s own lust while making love is a devoted and self-giving action of expressing one’s love and adoration for the beloved using the erotic energy. Having sex is limited to the genital organs, leaving behind frustrations and a bitter taste of missing the essential while making love is expanding one’s consciousness from finite to infinite with the help of the ecstatic states of orgasm, reaching hidden spiritual dimensions unbelievable for normal people.
There is nothing better in the world than to love and be loved back and a peak of this happiness is to make love with your beloved one. Tantra says: “when love is infinite, the impossible becomes easily possible.”
When love is missing but there is sexual attraction, you can only have sex. But when two lovers love each other, making love represents for them a wonderful crowning of their feelings.
“If a woman is free and radiant in feminine energy, the man is probably attracted; sometimes more attracted,sometimes less attracted, but always attracted. This attraction is not only natural, but healthy. It is a sign of polarity, the same kind of natural flow of polarization by which electricity flows between the positive and negative poles of a battery. The nature of nature is polarity, from the magnetism that flows between the north and south poles of the earth, to the attraction that flows between the masculine core and the feminine radiance of a woman.”
When there is a strong attraction between a man and a woman, it represents a big amount of energy which has a potential to be used for spiritual transformation. The more energy we have, the bigger is our potential growth. A state of polarity in a human being or between a man and a woman, lies in the game between energy and consciousness. Here the feminine represents the energy and the masculine the consciousness. It is a common knowledge that we attract our match, so a very feminine woman will attract a very masculine man, a more neutral woman will attract a more neutral man. The same is valid within our own being; when we have a lot of energy and emotion we need more awareness in order to polarise our selves, but if we are weak we need less awareness. If a person is very emotional but lacks consciousness, he or she will drown in chaos. If a person is very mental and aware but lacks energy/vitality, he or she will be very dry and unable to sustain hard or long lasting actions.
In Tantra we emphasise a lot on vitality as a base of any step on the spiritual path. A strong vitality is the fundament and hereafter comes the sublimation and awareness to lift our being to higher levels of consciousness. Here we can mention the direct experience of the state of vitality as a measure of the ability for high intense states of pleasure. When the vitality goes lower in one of us, we are not able to reach the highest levels of ecstasy, nor the ability to make love for many hours. The vitality is directly linked with the ability to experience and maintain high divine states.
The game of the masculine and feminine is a constant practise within ourselves to become perfect, balanced human beings. And the couple relationship is a very efficient tool for working with the polarity, where the man will represent the masculine pole of consciousness, focus, direction and firmness, and the woman the feminine pole of energy, emotion, movement and changeability.
The stronger this polarity is between the man and the woman, the greater the attraction becomes and represents the engine in the couple relationship. What we do with this potential engine is up to our direction. If we just enjoy and consume the polarity, sooner or later the attraction will disappear and this is what many couples experience like a drying out of their relationship, the passion gradually disappears and frustrations becomes more dominant between them. Often we experience that as long as one of us takes our part of the pole, the other one follows. It doesn´t help to criticise the other one or waiting for him to be more masculine or her to be more feminine. If you want transformation in the couple relationship, start with yourself.
The mans attraction to women is natural, normal, and beautiful. In fact, it is an aspect of the same desire that will ultimately lead him toward spiritual freedom. The women represents the feminine energy, Shakti, the creation. And the more the man is able to embrace the manifestation of the feminine, regardless if it is a storm in nature or an emotional storm from his woman, it shows his level of masculinity and ability to stand firm. When a man rejects the feminine manifestation, his ability for a strong polarisation diminishes. The more centered, firm and present a man is, the more energy he can contain. A man can practise the state of embracing the feminine in every moment, seeing the whole manifestation as his lover, feeling her, breathing her in and loving her equally in the wild stormy hurricanes and in the warm, gentle breezes. The feminine, even in the non-human forms of a lush tropical island or a favorite tune, is a way to polarise the man. The acceptance of sexual attraction, even with music and places, is at the root of our capacity to experience bodily pleasure.
If we take the same example in the case of the women, it means that the more she opens for her amount of energy, and let it flow freely, the stronger and more intense experiences she has, the more she will become present and aware. In the most intense, profound experiences of lovemaking - and especially in the moment of the tantric implosive orgasm, the woman can experience deep states of consciousness, transcending her ego and thus enter the ecstatic blissful void.
This shows us that the deeper we dive into our natural essence, as a man or woman, the more we polarise ourselves.
The polarity in the couple relationship is essential in order to take high spiritual steps on the path. The more intensity we create, the more we trigger a potential awakening of the consciousness, thus sublimating the energies upwards and enter the gate to divine ecstasy.
An efficient method to create polarity, is the tantric lovemaking done with love, transfiguration and sexual continence, making an intense awakening of the senses combined with a state of lucidity and being fully present in the moment. When we stimulate the senses in an intense, pleasurable way, we become present in the body and open a gateway into the depth of our being. If we maintain a conscious state of witness in the experience, we create the perfect union between the masculine and feminine aspect within our being. In the same time the man can focus on his masculine essence and the woman on her feminine essence and become aware of the polar game in the sexual union with the beloved.
In the game of polarity, if we look at the history of time, men have always enjoyed to watch women, to see them manifest their feminine qualities - and it is a feminine attribute for the woman, to shine and manifest her love and beauty. Men will even pay to watch a woman’s body express ecstasy. In our Western culture, most men are only familiar with sexual ecstasy, and so it is this form of free bodily expression that men pay to see, in movies, on the stage all around the world. However, in cultures that admit a greater degree of spiritual revelation, women’s bodies are viewed with the same masculine awe, but for a different kind of expression: not merely for their capacity to express sexual ecstasy in a way that is foreign, and unbelievably attractive, but also for their capacity to express spiritual ecstasy. Temple dancers in India, for instance, are traditionally feminine women trained from an early age to combine skill and heartfelt devotion in a style of dance which frees their bodies to be moved by divine force, bringing tears to many men’s eyes and openness to their hearts. A woman who is at home with her feminine essence is at home with energy, be it sexual or spiritual. For such a woman, there is no disconnection between sexuality and spirit. Whether in a strip joint or a sacred temple, men have been attracted for thousands of years to witness the feminine embodiment of ecstasy. Women are literally worshipped in such occasions.
A womans sexual surrender, if she is with a man who she truly loves, is the same as her devotional or spiritual surrender.
Recipe for rebuilding polarity
1. Stop bad habits which damage the polarity.
2. Take a break. Use the time apart to regenerate and build your own pole, increasing femininity in the case of the woman, and masculinity in the case of the man.
3. Increase and awaken the sensual erotic energy.
Practice sexual continence and improve it constantly. Contemplate erotic art and use aphrodisiacs.
4. Be romantic as often as possible. Do something, big or small, that your beloved will really like, every week.
5. Be prepared and considerate in the company of your beloved. Prepare yourself for your meetings, and do not show yourself in a non-beautiful way.
6. Increase intimacy and focus on continuous transformation. Use time together to go deeper in your connection with each other. Invoke the energy of the beginning by remembering all the beautiful moments you had in the beginning of the relationship.
In the couple relationship with a base of deep love and spiritual aspiration for growth, it is a constant issue to maintain the polarity as a method for lasting happiness, fulfillment and spiritual transformation. As a man and a woman we have to be aware of our inner essence and consciously manifest and renew our masculine or feminine potential.
First of all we need as a couple to set a higher goal and purpose for walking the path together and then apply all the necessary means to keep the right track. Be honest, courageous and take the necessary actions to overcome any limitation. Aim to have a daring, detached attitude towards your inner challenges.
The more polarity we have between us, the more we are able to accelerate into higher states of consciousness. We should always aim to seek intense experiences and nurture the erotic fulfillment and intimacy in the couple relationship.
And more important above all else; love, love and love.
With love & aspiration
Martin Svensson and Celestine Andersen.
Natha Yogacenter, Copenhagen, Denmark.
International Yoga Congress 2010, MISA.
1st year student:
For me, the yoga school gives me tools I can use to develop myself as a person. My inner and outer lives are changing for the better as I practice yoga and use it in my daily life.
The yoga school is catering for all and all are respected and equal. There is a peaceful, positive and loving atmosphere.
The teachers are very skilled in teaching, for this I am very grateful. On the whole, it's nice to be surrounded by loving and open-minded people. I have only good things to say about Natha yogacenter which for me is the school I find myself best at when it comes to personal and spiritual development.
4th year student:
I began several years ago to interest myself for yoga and meditation, and met Natha yogacenter. I started yoga course in March, and in July there were summer camps in North Zealand on a beautiful farm in a rural setting.
I attended the Hatha yoga camp and quickly gained a new insight into the school's many facets, the people who worked there (teaching, cleaning, cooking, management, etc.) working for a higher purpose, selfless work in accordance with the universal will (karma yoga) and through this way of working, achieve inner peace, presence and a deep satisfaction with just the task one undertook at this moment. It fascinated me. I also met students from other places in the country where schools offer training sessions. A very inspiring summer camp altogether.
It kept me repeating the success next year, but this time in a deeper perspective. I and my girlfriend started to participate in the tantra summer retreat which was an incredibly beautiful and wonderful experience. Then we did karma yoga at the hatha yoga camp, where we helped to cook for the participants. It was a really good way to understand the deeper meaning of karma yoga and all the benefits it brings. In this way, I started to create more intimate relationships with others in school.
The years have passed and I have expanded my horizons with more courses, of which there are a wide range of the school, I have been a yoga teacher and I have moved in the ashram with my son enjoying playing with the other children who also live here. Yes, Natha has caused a huge personal development in my life and the inner journey that really only just begun ...
7nd year student:
I started studying in Natha yogacenter some 7 months ago, after transferring from another yoga school of the International Atman Federation.
I have found in this school wonderful teachers full of heart, and an environment which is very helpful for personal development. I was very happy to notice how friendly everybody are and how open they are to accept anyone as he is.
In the short time that I have been in this school I have learnt many things about myself and have been able, with the help of the teacher team of Natha and the teachings of this school, to resolve many personal problems with which I have been confronted for a long time. One of the most important lessons that I am learning here, is the lesson of love – never before have I realized how important it is to love and how every moment without love is a wasted moment, never to return again. With the help of the tantric teachings given in this school, I am gradually learning how to live life fully, with full participation and awareness. I am learning not to reject anything but to say yes to life. I feel that I am more alive now then ever before!
I learnt very much from yoga teacher Mihai Stoian, and I am leaning still. This process of learning is not limited only to the inside of the class-room: I have also learnt by observing his personal example, and on occasions by asking him for advice. When ever I had turned to him, he had always listened to me attentively and if I requested it, he would also advice me on the matter. He always insisted that I would make my own choices, so that I could learn from it. His advice was always full of insight and helped me to understand the issues and myself from a deeper perspective.
9nd year student:
I started 9 years ago as a student at Natha Yoga Center to participate in a weekly yoga class and the then theater group that was attached to the school. It enriched me a lot to learn methods of self-development and simultaneously to integrate the spiritual aspect creative with my interest in theater.
On the way I experienced being able to communicate some of the profound experiences I had through yoga and meditation, to other people.
I've always been interested in personal development, psychology, spirituality and creativity through art and theater. I saw that a deep part of myself was met through courses at Natha, which created a link between the understanding of the human structure and ways to develop it.
After a number of years where I had attended several courses through Natha, it dawned on me how much I had developed myself through yoga practice - and decided to take training as a yoga teacher, to pass on the amazing tools I had received.
I have been through what I have learned and practiced at Natha, become a more healthy, loving and deeply human. I have learned many techniques to keep the body healthy and brands effective results when using these. I have had many deep friendships among the people and colleagues I have met through Natha, and seeing that my relationships with friends and family in general has become deeper and better, because I am a more whole and happy person. I have much more energy, interest and sincere love to give to my surroundings and marks it as a clear result of the understanding and integration of them, as I have done over the years on Natha.
I am sincerely grateful for all that I have received through this school and the beautiful people and teachers I have met here - and would particularly mention Mihai and Adina Stoian as 2 beautiful teachers who give themselves wholeheartedly and manages to inspire and guide others in a way I never knew a human could. My life has been enriched through their educational and personal advice I have received through them.
I see them both as very committed, dedicated teachers who are doing their best to help others and they are also a wonderful example for me in a happy, spiritual relationships.
6st year student:
I have been a student in Natha Yogacenter for the last six years, and can truly say without any exaggeration, that receiving this valuable teachings and being a part of a genuine spiritual community completely changed my life, and the way I look upon life. Since I was a young teenager and until I started practicing yoga, I was living a very unstable life, with many parties and drugs. I was very restless, and was moving around all the time, starting different educations, which I never succeeded to finish. I was feeling very discontent with my life and my lifestyle, and I also had physical problems, because of too much smoking and other usage of drugs. Despite this I didn’t manage to break the negative pattern myself. On a vacation I was inspired to start practicing yoga, and when I came home I started to study in Natha Yogacenter. By receiving precious teachings about yoga, and actually practicing the things I was taught, I slowly started to transform.
I had already decided before starting yoga, that I would stop smoking, using drugs and drinking alcohol, but by practicing yoga, and being in a spiritual environment with people who where living a pure lifestyle (unlike my previous friends), this decision was much more supported, and unlike other previous attempts, this time I actually succeeded. Today I’m in the middle of two educations in the same time, doing well in both of them, and planning to finish in approx one year. I am very happy and healthy, and any health problems I may have had before, are completely gone now.
From the valuable teachings which I received during the years, the most precious for me has been to experience and being a part of place, where everybody is accepted like they are, a place with a lot of Love and happiness and a place for constant transformation. I have friends who started like shy insecure women, and now are beautiful mature women, with a lot of self-confidence. It’s really beautiful to see the ongoing transformation in people’s lives.
I just started the aspirant course for becoming a yoga teacher, and I hope that I one day will be able to inspire my students, like I myself have been, and still am constantly inspired by my teachers, to practice yoga, and in this being in a continuous transformation process.
12th year student:
I have been a member of Natha in 12 years, I enjoy fully my membership.
I have only positive experiences in Natha, I have learned the nature of love to know, both through friendships and close relationships. What I have learned through working with my sexual energy is very refined, caring, building for body, mind and spirit. We learn to work with the sexual energy in a conscious way, so it is not just an unconscious discharge of frustration, as is true for many people. I can only recommend people and especially the young people to come to our tantra classes so that they become more aware of how they spend their life energy, as the sexual energy course is.
9th year student:
Practicing and studying Yoga and Tantra in Natha has opened my eyes and my heart. I could write reams about my experiences in this school, but for now I just want to say…
One of the things I like most about Natha is its Tantra course which I’ve been following since its inception three years ago. Taught by the inspirational couple, Mihai and Adina Stoian, this course has broadened my perspective upon existence beyond anything I could have previously imagined. Every class brings me amazing revelations which help me to come closer and closer to the profound understanding of who I am and my life’s purpose. I feel the quality of these teachings is of the highest caliber and in my personal research on the topic I consider them to be incomparable. The tantric principles taught in this class have transformed my life for the better, enabling me to discover the amazing woman I am through the conscious embracing of my femininity. These inner transformations are very visible in the improvement of many aspects of my life, including relationships, health and personal happiness.
I’ve been a volunteer worker in Natha’s administration for the past four years, which has been a wonderful and fulfilling experience. Living in an ashram and working in the school helps me to integrate the spiritual teachings from the classes in my daily life and to live in the present moment!
I’ve recently watched my friends and colleagues build our beautiful new yoga centre against many odds, and in my eyes it’s a testament to the strength and greatness of this school, which I’m so grateful to be a part of. Writing these words warms my heart and re-ignites my aspiration for this spiritual path and my love for this wonderful school.
5th year student:
I have practiced yoga and tantra now for 5 years in Natha Yogacenter. If I look back in time I can hardly recognize the woman I was before I had the grace to become part of this spiritual community.
I had always interest and aspiration to learn the hidden secrets of the universe and to spiritualize my life. Nevertheless, I was not able to do this on my own, in spite of many attempts to practice different forms of yoga and to travel to India and to other exotic places in search of truth and deeper meaning to my life.
Since starting to practice yoga and tantra in Natha my life has become a continuous transformation, during which limitations of my personal structure, fears, complications and frustrations have gradually been replaced by health, happiness, joy, enthusiasm and deeper knowledge. Natha is an authentic spiritual school and is able to offer continuously practical methods for evolving as well as true spiritual support and guidance.
I am forever grateful for having such a spiritual teacher as Mihai Stoian. The light of his consciousness is shining so bright that it automatically dissolves misunderstanding and confusion. I have experienced this in relation to my own problems throughout all the years. Speaking with Mihai for only few minutes is often enough to overcome a problem that before seemed unbearable. He has the ability to put things into right perspective and to clearly point to the truth no matter what is the situation. His example is continuously inspiring me. My stable aspiration is to learn to love like he does.
I have continuously more control over my life and more freedom to choose my life to be the way I aspire. All the teachings of the school are leading towards spiritual understanding and evolution which implies by nature the growing of the freedom. Here I do not mean the apparent freedom of the limited ego structure of a human being, but the freedom of the spirit to love and know itself.
For me as a woman Tantra has been the salvation. Before learning about Tantra I was constantly faced with frustrations, tensions and lack of fulfillment in my erotic life. Tantra is the secret knowledge that makes lovemaking magic and sacred and has given me the method for complete erotic fulfillment. Even more, through Tantra we learn how to use the erotic fulfillment as a tool for spiritual fulfillment. This I consider to be a great contribution of Natha yoga school to all the women as well as men in our modern society.
19th year student:
I have been a member of Natha in 19 years. I have experienced being strengthened emotionally, mentally and spiritually through yoga.
I grew up in a home with abuse, yoga has strengthened me to break the patterns that my environmental heritage would have given me.
5th year student:
I’ve been practicing yoga for 5 years and I came to Natha yogacenter with the proposal to organize spiritual trance parties in which people can experience beneficial states of trance with the help of uplifting music and positive visuals and without the use of drugs and alcohol.
As a DJ and musician I have found support and inspiration in this school and my life has transformed for the better. I feel that in all the levels my life has improved and I’m very grateful for the support and the spiritual guidance.
6th year student:
Through yoga, I have found a peace in my heart, I have never imagined that to be possible.
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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What is Tantra?
Tantra is much more than eroticism. Tantra is the spiritual path of saying YES to life in all its aspects. Tantra teaches us how to live life in every moment with extreme intensity and full awareness and detachment, how to abandon full of love and understanding to the flow of life.
Then, life itself becomes a continuous and joyous lesson, teaching us all that we need to know, changing us for the better, realizing our potential, perfecting us. Tantra is a spiritual path the can be learned by all!
What is the Intensive Tantra Course?
The intensive tantra course is a systematic and in-depth course, revealing one by one the mysteries of tantra.
The techniques and theory given along the course are highly efficient, being secret ancient tantric teachings which have been adapted to the modern time, being explained in a rational and down-to earth manner, being supported by contemporary science.
New: special groups - Tantra for Men and Tantra for Women
For the first time, this course also includes, beyond the weekly meetings, also special groups – one only for men and one only for women. These groups meet once every two weeks. In these groups each person can dive deeper into the study and practice of tantra and harmoniously develop his/her sexuality. In the group Tantra for Men will be explored the masculine side of tantra and the men will be helped to investigate the secrets of the masculine power. In the group Tantra for Women will be developed the feminine aspect of tantra and the women will explore the feminine mystery. Within these groups, the tantric exercises will be practiced with even greater intensity with the scope of making it possible for the participants to awaken their inner power and fulfill their true potential as men or women. Thus, these ground-braking and unique groups offer a potent and esoteric key for self transformation and perfection, and for successfully applying the tantric teachings in the daily life.
The benefits of the Intensive Tantra Course
The teachings of the Intensive Tantra Course help the student to gradually transform every aspect of his/her life, developing a tantric perspective which reveals the amazing and spiritual in the ordinary and material. Thus the practitioner achieves harmony and health at the physical, emotional and mental levels, awakens his/hers latent potential making it possible to fulfill his/her dreams and goals, awakens the happiness and the sense of wander, increases the ability to love, improves the love relationships, increases and elevates very much the sexual experiences, achieves fulfillment in every aspect of life and much more. All these transformations lead the practitioner to realize that he/she is essentially a spiritual being, blissful and eternal, intimately connected with all other beings in the universe, being all bound together in spirit in an intrinsic web of connections, making us all one.
The structure of the Intensive Tantra Course
The intensive tantra course meets once a week, for 2 hours each time. Each course includes 30 minutes of theory – learning a new technique and additional information, and 90 minutes of practice in which are done together the techniques learned so far. In this way the student can progress gradually with his/her practice. In addition, the special groups for men and women meet once every 2 weeks. The techniques done in the class do not include any erotic practice and are all done individually. The techniques given in the course begin with classical yogic bodily positions, taught with a tantric perspective, and gradually develop into tantric techniques of a more esoteric nature.
The intensive tantra course is an invitation to every person to say ‘YES’ to life.
- (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.
From 24th to 26th July 'The Secrets of the Couple Relationship' workshop took place in Bornholm.
The house we stayed in was beautifully situated on the rocky Danish coast with a breathtaking garden abounding with ripe cherry and apple trees.
We were an intimate group of people who participated in the workshop, which created a close and very cosy atmosphere. The teachers who led the workshop have already been in a tantric relationship for more than four years, and they shared their knowledge and personal experiences with us.
They gave lectures covering several subjects, including ‘the energy of the beginning’, ‘the differences between men and women’, ‘Tantric sexuality and sexual continence’, and ‘how to turn the relationship into a spiritual engine’. These subjects were supported by inspiring meditations and funny film clips. There was also enough time for questions and walks in the beautiful surroundings.
One participant told me: ''The workshop was really wonderful; although I already have some knowledge about Tantric relationships it was very good to hear it from a new perspective. For me the lectures about the 'energy of the beginning' in which they spoke about love was very inspiring. It changed my attitude in my relationship. After the camp I felt a whole new energy coming into my relationship.''
Another person told of their experiences after the workshop: ''I signed up for the course on Tantric Relationships to deepen the love for my beloved and to extend my knowledge on this fascinating subject. The teachers were knowledgeable and I enjoyed the friendly atmosphere. In particular I found the thorough exemplification of ritualistic lovemaking to be enriching for my love life and of highly valuable interest.''
- (Past events)
By Elodia Thallon
About tantra camp
Now that the dividing wall has come down the second half of the camp begins with one of the most special spiritual exercises for the couple – couple asanas. This variation of the usual practice of individual yoga asanas, is a genius way to spiritualise the couple relationship, bringing new levels of depth and understanding between the two people.
When we do asanas, we put ourselves in resonance – we tune into a certain vibrational frequency – with universal aspects which through this resonance process then become amplified in our own being. By doing this with another person, especially one with whom we have an intimate and loving relationship, we amplify these aspects within our being even more, while at the same time bringing us closer to the one we love, and closer to God.
In last year’s summer Tantra Camp Mihai began to reveal the principles of Tantra. The Tantric path is made up of principles combined with experience and now for the first time in this school, these principles have been synthesized and they have found their debut here in Denmark. At this point in the camp it’s time to deepen our approach to the Tantric path together, through the comprehensive approach provided by these principles. Introducing this next chapter, Mihai told us that these principles “form a genuine net upon which the supreme consciousness manifests, forming the entire creation. They are not some parallel lines, each one showing one line, but they interact with one another forming a kind of intricate labyrinth of connections in which the limited being gets lost while at the same time they constitute a way to get free from these limits.”
The first principle for this camp is the principle of awareness. As Mihai already indicated in the opening lecture when he gave the three fundamental ways to identify with Shiva, awareness is one of the keys on the Tantric path, and one which we should have all been practicing fervently these days! Mihai introduces the first principle, stating, “There is no yoga which is superior to the state of awareness, being aware of the divine principle which exists in everything, is the supreme freedom.” We trick ourselves into believing we are awake, but due to the excessive use of the inferior mind we actually live in a kind of mental prison which brings us suffering and keeps us in a delusional state. However, when we truly awaken, emerging from the dream-like state we usually indulge in, we begin to become aware. This state of awareness is characterized by an intensive state of lucidity in which we live life in the present moment, with all our consciousness present in every action, functioning above the tendencies of the inferior mind. He says that “in order to wake up we need to be aware in those moments when we are awake and to imprint those moments on our memory. To stop the sleep of the consciousness we need to pierce the impression we already have by consciously focusing.” By being aware, we can gain control of all the resonances we have in every moment and this is why Tantra insists on the development of this awareness, by awakening the supramental level of our being through practicing certain techniques such as yoga asanas. The tantric adept has mastered control over all the energies, over all the resonances and as a result has freed him/herself from the bonds of ignorance. By being attentive and heart-full at the same time we can realize an almost complete state of awakening, but for this we must act without delay! For it is when we sleep that we delay our actions and when we are awake we act immediately. Through spontaneous, immediate action we disconnect the automatic mind, meaning we cut off the autopilot and start to live life consciously.
The principle of superior control reveals to us the secrets of energy control, from the exterior perspective – when we are outside the phenomenon. By being conscious of a phenomenon it implies that we step back from it and through this principle we can understand this. This principle indicates the practical way in which this power of consciousness over a certain phenomenon or manifestation can be obtained. Mihai tell us that superior control is “obtained through a spontaneous state of detachment from the phenomenon, lifting our point of view to a superior level from where we can truly have control.” It has exceptional importance in the spiritual practice, giving the orientation and the efficiency of the practice. An important aspect is that the presence of effort in the act of control limits the control ability to the ability of making the effort. So, superior control also means effortless control, meaning that by being in a detached state and being relaxed we can have this control without making extra effort, in fact the more detached and relaxed we are, the more easy it is to have superior control.
As these principles are all interconnected, part of the web that makes up Tantra, the principle of reality’s efficiency is closely connected with the principle of awareness. Reality’s efficiency is about being aware of the reality in which we are. “Being aware of this reality is not only the consequence of awakening, but is the condition for evolution,” Mihai explains. Tantra states that we should always start the journey where we are and the first rule of this is to know where we are. Unfortunately, most people have created an imaginary world in which they choose to live, they “create a surrogate reality, covering the walls of their prison cell with the snapshots of an imaginary reality,” therefore they cannot possibly know where they really are in a given moment! We have to stop and take our heads out of the sand and connect with the transformative power of reality – to actually live in The Reality. A very good way to tune into the reality is through the magic act of transfiguration, in which we perceive everything in its essence, in its true divine nature.
Here in the picturesque Danish countryside, transfiguration happens spontaneously. The idyllic landscape, reminds me of the spiritually fulfilling experience I had recently amongst the natural wonders of Bornholm. At certain moments in the day, particularly sunrise and sunset, this country is bathed in a heavenly light which awakens such a state of serenity and contentment inside of me. The beauty in these moments almost overwhelms me, bringing me closer to my divine nature. I realize how happy I am to be alive.
By Michael Storm Jensen
Waking up this morning at a leisurely hour to do couple asanas was a welcome break from the disciplined vira routine. People were more relaxed and the atmosphere in the dining area was now filled with a more obvious flirting than the silent one we had just come out of. Doing the couple asanas that first day was intense and also an experience that grounded me into the spirit of the camp. It was also quite odd to see that there was no wall in the middle of the room, separating the men from the women. I can see how quickly I can establish a comfort zone. Where to sit and who to eat with becomes quickly a habit. It is like the bat that gets used to how the furniture is arranged in the room and flies through on autopilot. Then that is what there was - no awareness, only autopilot.
Later in the evening there was a massage lecture by some of the teachers, Ulrik and Daniela. It was very exciting to get some insight into the mysteries of tantric massage. Just being there in the room and ready to participate in giving pleasure to someone else was like witnessing divine grace for me. I had the utmost respect for the shape of Shakti lay before my eyes. At first I didn’t dare to be firm in my stroke since I perceived something refined and sensuous in Shaktis shape. But quickly after it dawned on me that massage has to be firm and gentle also. Perceiving through the heart using my body and hands as an extension of the hearts intelligence is a challenge. Everyone (almost) can knead a loaf of bread, but to feel and perceive the tissue and muscles of shakti is something quite different .
On Saturday, after a hectic day of work I finally stood in the Brahmarandra spiral. Holding hands with so many people signifies the possibility of a harmonious brotherhood of man-kind. We were opening the channels of God to come through to this earth. That day standing in that unified filed of intent and surrender I just enjoyed being present and to experience the latent power that is always within our reach as long as we keep our minds open. I had the experience of mentally thinking a thought and then in the next moment what happened to me was that I was having that same experience in my body. That showed me how powerful my thoughts can be. It was a little more mysterious. I was in my mind casually experiencing a stream of thought; stream which I normally would deem as chattering of the mind, but when I started to mold the thought and mentally imagine my Sahashrara opening up, it really opened up quite strongly to the point where I got shivers and spasms in my body and then I was filled with a peace and inner harmony.
After the spiral followed the party, beginning first with some shows. Some of the participants in the camp did some performances and, my God, it was beautiful. Here are these girls that I casually interact with on a daily basis in normal situations over lunch or in the common areas and the next thing these beings transform themselves into magical creatures of grace and rare sensuality. I admire their courage in how they give of themselves in the performance. They are very open and I sense a radiance of their inner nature that is on fire in the moment of doing an act. Their movements and their gestures become not a matter of physical maneuvering, but a matter of seeing their inner nature or essence playfully manifesting in a room of curious onlookers. I remember the sense of delight and also the sense of seeing persons who were far more talented than me making me feel humble to be in their presence.
The dancing started after midnight and usually I am a little shy on the dance floor, but that night I let go and participated and joined the flirting on the floor. I danced intensely and let go of my rigid habits of mechanical movements and flowed into the soup of dancers that makes that chaotic twirling of people move in irrational patterns. I remember dancing with this one sweet shakti who just molded my movements into a coherent rhythm with the music. I felt like the dance floor had given me a second chance. I really felt like dancing all night, and went to sleep at 3 o'clock, to be ready to wake up the next morning for a new day of spiritual practice.
by Gregorian Bivolaru
The genuine yoga tradition unveils a completely different approach in love and sexuality, highly more positive and plenary, unlike the confused and grotesque vision proper to most of the western people, either intoxicated or improperly educated.The ancient philosophies acknowledged that the high pleasure shared between the two lovers in continent lovemaking, if wisely refined and controlled is a powerful means of consciousness broadening, bound to enforce spiritual evolution to each of them. The ancient world’s Chinese very well knew that and used to practice it just like other eastern peoples, including the Indian Tantra followers as well.
There are countless temples adorned with erotic sculptures of exquisite beauty, in India, China, Japan, Nepal, Tibet, Thailand, etc. There are many religious and spiritual symbols in the East bearing an erotic connotation: the famous Shiva lingam or the statues representing couples in intimate fusion, just to quote the best known.
A sexual active life, which is perfectly controlled, is not at all incompatible to YOGA practice or to the spiritual developing.
Far from dooming the YOGA practitioners to abstinence or impotence, the yoga techniques enhance the sexual power and increase the erotic feelings, which will allow complete control over the erotic energies in order to sublime them into upper energies.
The high and enriched sexuality and lovemaking, experienced in the light of the tantric secrets do not obstruct the spiritual evolution, but they speed it up and lay a serious ground for it in the depth of the being.
Many people erroneously suppose that progress in yoga is absolutely connected to rigorous abstinence, up to the complete seclusion in order to live a hermit life. This obviously is not true. Yoga provides the option between active abstinence (together with transmutation of the sexual potential and sublimation of energy by means of specific yoga techniques) and sexual continence, which implies intelligent exertion and perfect control of the sexual function.
What is Tantra yoga?
Tantra yoga is the complex philosophy of release and enlightenment by perfect control of the maximum pleasure, where yoga is the ensemble of the practical means used in order to fully attain this. The precise practice of the yoga techniques not only increases the sexual power, moreover it brings a deep, fair vision in lovemaking, given the speeded sexual evolution in this epoch.
The spiritual enlightenment and release may also be attained by or thanks to the plenary controlled experience of the life delights, which finally are transmuted and sublimed in the highest states of consciousness.
Against all „sexual freedom”, supported by the contemporary society, which basically is mere debauchery leading to quick emasculation, most of the women stay blocked and inhibited towards eroticism and sexuality. Rejecting this tragic situation, yoga deplores it; particularly that Tantra can secure for the intelligent and sensual women, by minimum effort, a sexual and spiritual flourishing, as the two aspects are closely related. Due to ignorance and prejudices, an incredible amount of women are still facing problems in dealing with their own sexuality. Lots of women are still paralyzed with fears and keep staying a prey to the violent stifling influence of the anti-erotic education they have been given. Consciously or not, women still consider sexuality as a source of non-pleasure. Sometimes they are positive that sexuality is a due evil part of the marriage, they get to consider it a “duty” that must be fulfilled in order to make “a good wife”.
For some women, this erroneous conception destroys pleasure and in utmost cases may lead to frigidity. For other women yet, their attraction to the sexual pleasures is an alleged sin, for they have been told again and again that a decent woman is not supposed to be „sexy”.
By quite recent times women were even considered unable to experience erotic feelings. Therefore it was an acknowledged fact that women’s duty was to ensure man’s pleasure, whereas the only joy they could take was procreation. Subsequently, women known as out of any sexual longing, there was no question of sexual pleasures for them. Facts were hereby forged in the Victorian times in England and the British Empire founders, supported by the Anglo-Saxon missionaries spread this awkward vision worldwide. In the long run recent time had to be expected to acknowledge woman as a deeply sensual being and thereby the ancient traditions made an important point and stated that the intense pleasure shared by the two lovers, if intelligently refined and controlled can be a powerful means of consciousness widening, that speeds the spiritual evolution of each of them.
In the frame of the tantric tradition, the chosen woman, thanks to her gifts, is acknowledged as a counterpart, i.e. full part of the frantic sexual play, she takes part to according to her possibilities.
Considering this attitude, stress should be laid on the fact that sexuality is normal human function, which is not at all more shameful than eating or sleeping. Sexuality is a rightful source of plenary joy and pleasure as well as a quite aesthetic way to express personality. The impulse (excitation) that urges the human beings to lovemaking is an expression of the universal longing for the infinite consisting in the unity achievement of the two opposite halves. Besides, the seven wise men in the Vedic Tradition (Shapta Rishi) themselves were married and their wives were known to attain a high spiritual level. Neither in the etymological approach nor in the traditional one the word brahmacharya (continence) does not mean abstinence in yoga; it’s just because some recent erroneous interpretation that multiple misunderstandings have emerged. Brahmacharya actually means that sensuality must be perfectly controlled and sublimed.
- (Various Topics)
by Gregorian Bivolaru
The revealed secrets of the Golden Ratio explain the Mysterious Intelligence of Nature and in the same time they allow us to discover the fascinating mysteries of the Divine Proportions.
Without a doubt all of us have wondered about the secret of beauty, harmony and diversity of the wonderful forms that appear in nature. Aren’t they governed by the mysterious Sphere of force of the Great Cosmic Power Tripura Sundari that only the initiates have access to?Man has always asked himself these questions and through certain revelations offered to him in elevated states of consciousness, he thus obtained many stirring answers. In reality, all the amazingly beautiful creations of nature are manifestations of a divine harmony which makes us perceive intuitively that behind any form there is a constant necessity. From the Golden Ratio to the mystery of the beauty of the forms of nature, to natural selection, passing through genetics, fractal geometry and art, we offer you through this book new answers to this search, which is as old as human kind.
Many geniuses, visionaries with the eyes wide open and with effervescent minds, as well as many scientists aimed to decode the secret of beauty and harmony of forms in the natural world. Fascinated by the diversity of beauty and the harmony of all structures created continuously by nature – the shells’ spiral, the shape of fish or of the human body, etc. – the initiates, geniuses, artists, philosophers, mathematicians, naturalists, physicists or informaticians have always aspired to remove the veil of appearances. They were and are still convinced that eventually they will discover, beyond any manifestation, a mysterious general and generating principle, the universal law of natural morphology, the essential “formula” that creates the beautiful form: The Golden Ratio. This mythical number – The Golden Ratio– is in fact the expression of existence and manifestation of the secret Sphere of force of the Great Cosmic Power TRIPURA SUNDARI.
A divine revelation regarding the Golden Ratio
The Golden Ratio is the Mysterious number after which all species of life that have appeared in water, earth and air, were made. It is the same fundamental Number (?) that man was based upon and it is the same as the Number of Grace and Love and as the Number of Salvation and final Resurrection into Spirit.
Listen carefully and try to understand as well as possible that which no one until you has understood: this Golden Ratio is the mysterious essence of eternal Love. At the same time, it is the expression of Universal Order and of the Divine Law of Love, Order and Law which exists now and will always exist, forever expressing God’s beauty, greatness and endless power.
And then Love took ground, which was like the cream on the milk and, with the mysterious power of Her hands, kneaded it properly and made the first human out of it, according to the Golden Ratio of Her Order. Then, She blew upon him the Breath of Life. And Her Breath became Soul in the man, which spread immediately in man’s entire being, forever sealing his connection with the Golden Ratio of Order, after which man was created. But know that not only man was created after this Ratio, but all the spirits and all the worlds that exist in the Infinite Space (Macrocosm), including both the Earth, with everything on it, as well as the Moon and the Stars.
The words full of wisdom of Jesus Christ, dictated to the famous prophet Jacob Lorber.
“Everything is a sign. Moving from sign to the signified thing means entering the mysterious depths of the World, which reveals God.” Andre Malraux
In the western world, arithmological and geometrical symbolism is almost inevitably associated to Pythagoras’s name and to his followers, the Pythagoreans and the Platonists. Long after the age of the original Pythagorean schools, the so-called “mysticism of numbers” was highly cultivated in the circles of the cabalists and Christian mystics. It is a less-known fact that the Fathers of the Church such as Saint Augustine, Maxim the Confessor (see the Philokalia), or Christians such as Jan van Ruusbroec (1293 – 1381) believed that Numbers are symbols and paradigms of the Divine Principles.
For the Greeks, arithmology has a long history. It was studied and applied practically together with “the scientific number”, far from the market trade of the “vulgar number”, being respected as the pure science of the universal laws of the Cosmos.
Even today the idea according to which the laws that govern the Universe are “numerical” is very present, even if many claim to be more satisfied with “exact and scientific” formulas. Most of the time, the latter do not realize that the Numbers appear here also, though dissimilated. The difference is only in the language, because after all the Truth is only one. Thus, most of us remain fascinated by mysterious mathematical phenomena such as Fibonacci’s sequence of integers or Titius-Bode’s law of planetary distances (see fig 0.1). In ancient times, people tended to give special significance to Numbers, by analogy with the structure of the World, thus searching for a deeper meaning for all things and beings. Paradoxically, nowadays, when so many secrets of nature have been revealed and so many modern technologies have developed, yet we are flooded with spiritist and occult approaches, which popularize a pseudo-science of Numbers, full of superstitions such as “13 brings bad luck” and all sorts of mental patterns. In this mixture of contradictory information, many get the idea that the Pythagorean metaphysics of Numbers was just simple, ungrounded speculation, and the repeated warnings of Plato regarding an unwritten, oral, secret doctrine are hardly taken into consideration.
The natural logaritm of the planet's
period of rotation around the Sun
The order number of the planet
Fig 0.1 – In 1750, Titius and Bode discovered a simple law that made it possible to obtain a proportion between the measures of the planetary orbits. Thus, it starts from the numbers of the row: 0, 3, 6, 12, 24, 48, 96, 192 and 384 (we notice that starting from 3, the next term is obtained by doubling the previous one) and then number 4 is added. The resulting row: 4, 7, 10, 16, 28, 52, 100, 388 corresponds to the planetary orbits, except Neptune. The formula predicted a missing planet at 28 units between Mars and Jupiter. Later, on January 1st, 1801, Piazzi discovered the asteroid Ceres, the biggest one from the asteroid belt, which corresponds exactly to the missing planet.
History says very little about “the beginnings” of Arithmology; its method of study seems to aim rather to transmitting knowledge from one civilization to another, over time. But the spiritual approach is less concerned with the purely historical aspects, and more interested in the metaphysical principles and significance. Etymologically speaking, the word “beginning” comes from “in-caput” (which in Latin means: “in principle”, “in essence”). From this point of view, authentic spiritual traditions (and together with them the Pythagorean tradition, which Arithmology is part of) are asserted from the “in-caput” of the revelation offered by “gods” to a “founder”. The famous initiate Rene Guenon said that the Primordial Tradition is the divine, atemporal thesaurus of the Supreme knowledge, which nourishes all spiritual schools. Each spiritual school nuances it according to its specific time and place, but without altering its essence. This is where the confusion appears: according to certain thinking patterns, many would rather “somebody” “had invented” Arithmology (the Hindus, the Chaldeans, the Egyptians, the Greeks…), while all wise men say that it already existed in the mind of God, together with all the divine laws; “the founders” are those exceptional beings which (re)discovered it through the Grace of revelation. It is not by chance that we easily find the same laws of Numbers in the Chinese, Hindu, Egyptian, Greek, and Arabic traditions. In some situations the name is different, or the elements of the specifics, or at least the point of view. The correlations and analogies that can be made clearly reveal the common body of all doctrines: the Primordial Tradition.
The most convincing way to prove this is to aim at gaining some practical knowledge of Arithmology ourselves. Genuine individual search is the only way to experiment and understand, because we should not forget that “he who seeks, shall find” and “he who knocks, it shall be opened to him”.
In the following, we will outline some ideas and guidelines which, hopefully, will make us more pervious to the arithmological symbolism, at the same time revealing its intimate connection with the Divine Proportion.
The term “number” (defined through the word arythmos or rythmos in Greek) comes from the root rheo, which means “to flow”. In this way, it stands for the rhythm and vibration. Heraclites allegorical expression “everything flows” corresponds to the ancient Eastern saying “everything is vibration”. First of all, the Ratio signifies the steps of resonance or, in other words, of vibration of the Universe, which are manifested in the specific cycles of Multiplicity.
Within the Absolute or, in other words, within the Whole, the Number Decade is the archetypal cycle, the symbol of the non-separation between Being and Non-Being (associated to 1 and 0, respectively, in the arithmological symbolism) glyph of the perpetual return of things and beings to their Creative principle (One) and to the omnipresence of the Ultimate Essence (Zero), which sustains any emanation and resorption. Knowing this, we can correctly say that the Decade represents God the Father.
In this way, it resumes and synthesizes all the other Numbers (principles). Having this knowledge, the Pythagoreans experienced the living presence of the Decade in the world so intensely that they used to swear on Her Name. It is not by chance that Philo of Alexandria noted in “Quaestiones et Solutiones in Genesim”, 4.110, that “in the world as well as in the man, the Decade is everything”. With the same meaning, in the Pythagorean environment it was said that “the fundamental nature of the Number is the Decade”. The symbolic representation of the Decade through the ten points arranged in a triangular shape, called Tetraktys by the Greeks (see fig 0.2), is probably the most revealing manifestation that underlines the intimate connection between the Numbers of the decimal cycle. Paradoxically, its essential simplicity allows, among others, the understanding of the universal laws of resonance.
Fig. 0.2 - The Pythagorean Tetraktys
The point is the symbol of Unity, of the seminal principle of things. Therefore, the paradigm of the Tetraktys is that of the Decade of the first reflections of the emanating Power of God the Father. In this way it constitutes itself in an essential model, which reveals the intimate structure and the unity of all phenomena in the Universe to the one who knows the law of analogies and of subtle correspondences.
The Pythagoreans said that “the Decade is fulfilled by Four” (or, if we “develop” the metaphor, explaining it at length: the Decade is the fulfilment of a triangular growth in four steps), in this way outlining the fact that the fundamental cosmic cycles mutually sustain and generate themselves through the harmonious triplet of the process of expansion (emanation), balance (maintenance) and contraction (resorption); in such a vision, Four and Ten cannot be conceived separately. In fact, they are limit-thresholds of the unique Flow of the Divine number.
If we evoke some of the projections of this Archetypal Four in the world, we are amazed to find four seasons, four cardinal points, fours intermediary directions, the cross of the four elements, four ages of humanity, four fundamental states, etc. Thus, we intuit their mysterious and indestructible communion with the ten Great Cosmic Powers.
But, at the same time, we can see it differently: the Central point and the Cycle of its nine exterior points represents Transcendence and Immanence, Eternity and cyclic Time, which polarize each other and are always joined in the bosom of the Whole.
Seen from a different perspective, the tops of the big Triangle symbolize the Cycle of the three Worlds and the three bodies, the three phases of any phenomenon, while the six remaining points remind of the six days of the Creation and the six universal levels of polar vibration. The central point can be considered as the fixed FOCUS that governs the fundamental laws of Three and Seven.
We can continue the metaphysical and arithmological meditation indefinitely, because the correlations are many and all connect the Principle–Numbers into a Unique Flow, which converges at the Spring of Eternity. The simplicity of the symbol gives it force and magnetism which are worthy of Pythagoras’s name. At the same time, Tetraktys is the model of triangular “growth”, fruit of the transcendent Trinity, which thus contains, implicitly, the Secret and the Force of the Golden Proportion, which manifests as a perfect connection between any two things, as median or mediator term, as the core of all creatures.
Let us have a closer look at what it is that actually allows us to say that the Trinity and the Divine Proportion are so tightly united.
The term “proportion” comes from the Latin “proportio”, which has the same meaning as the Greek word “analogia”, which was essential in the metaphysic doctrine of the Pythagoreans. The etymologies of the two words are very helpful for understanding the original meaning of the concept of proportion. Thus, the term “analogia” comes from “ana” (which in Greek means “up”, “superior”, “corresponding to”, “which is reflected through”) and logos (meaning “raport”, but also “seed”, “germ”, “essence”, “word”). At the same time, the word “legein” is translated as “to connect”, “to unite”, “to gather”. In a metaphysical interpretation, we could say that what is up, in the world beyond, connects, gathers, brings back to the bed of the Primordial Spring – through the cause-effect relationship or even beyond the necessity – the fruit spread into the world of the Spirit. Thus, in a broader meaning, “analogia” signifies the similitude that connects and unites things and beings, the reflection of Ideas (infinite seeds) into the Manifestation, the law of the mysterious subtle correspondences between Whole and Part, between Earth and Sky, between Up and Down, between essential and substantial, between Macrocosm and Microcosm.
Fig.O.3 – The stages of the triangular growth of the Tetraktys
First Stage: a “little stone”
Second stage: we add a row with an extra “little stone”
Third stage: we add the third row and another “little stone”
Fourth Stage: the last one completes the decade (10 “little stones”)
In Latin, the term “proportion” (“pro” means “before”, “which offers grace and favours”, and “portio” means “part of the Whole”) refers to what is – ontologically speaking – before the part, meaning the Whole which sacrifices itself through partition and in this way it makes holy and divine the part it generated. If we look carefully, we notice that, indeed, the part is never separated from the Whole, like a wave that appears, for one moment, on the mirror surface of the Ocean, only to melt back in and to return to its Unique Plenitude. Analogically speaking, the proportion expresses both the uniqueness of individual manifestations (which can be seen as part) and the fundamental unity of the Creation (which can be seen as Whole).
The radical “logos” from the term “analogy” at the same time signifies the quantitative relationship between two measures, the actual rapport, so that the proportion is intimately connected to the equivalence of the relations. Here we make reference to the relation in the general understanding of the word, as being that which allows the perception of the secret connection between things, beings and ideas, in the vast space of the discriminating intellect.
For the Pythagoreans – philosophers, as well as mathematicians – the representation in numerical terms of the proportion was an enumeration such as:
1, 2, 4, 8, or, more generally, a, b, c, d,
which today would be written as the equality between two reports:
1/2=4/8 or, more generally, a/b=c/d.
In this way it is represented the fact that 1 is the same for 2 as 4 is for 8, and a is the same for b as c is for d, so that the rapport between 1 and 2 and the rapport between 4 and 8 is the same. At the same time, a and b are in the same rapport as c and d. Thus, the rapport between the consecutive terms of the proportion is the same and it underlines in a more realistic way the reflection, analogy, the “flow” of an identical secret vibration through the two rapport-relations, the one between 1 and 2 and the one between 4 and. Or, generally speaking, the relation between a and b and c and d. Of course, this flow is the effect of triggering a phenomenon of resonance, which tends to maintain the rapport between pairs of terms of the same kind. This rapport is the expression of a certain directive model, mirrored through a corresponding relation between the terms. Thus, proportion is intimately related to the phenomenon of resonance.
In Jesus’ parables we find a very good materialization of the archetypal model of proportion, which can help us understand it in a way, with an application in life. Jesus wisely pictured the law of karmic reward through the words “Do to people as you wish to be done unto you”, “He who lifts the sword, by sword shall he perish”, and “Give and it shall be given to you”, “It will be measured for you with the same measure you measure”, “Do not judge and you shall not be judged”, “Forgive and you shall be forgiven”, “He who sows wind, shall reap storm”. The old proverbs “Do good and you shall find good”, “You sleep as you make you bed” and especially “What you reap is what you sow”, also make reference to the same phenomenon. In any of these sayings, the maintenance of a certain relation is obvious, and of a certain proportion in the relationships between man and the world, but also between man and other people. Each one of them outlines the vivid way the principle of analogy functions. Thus, in the future, the others will behave towards us exactly in the way we behave now with the others and what we do to them, they will do to us. As we lift our sword against them, they will also lift the sword against us; as we give to them, they will give to us. In the same way, our attitude towards the others will be reflected in the other’s attitude towards us.
New Moon First Square Full Moon Last Square
Fig.0.4 – The quaternary division of the lunar cycle is one of the most known applications of the Tetraktys, seen as a 4 stage process. Each of the four stages of the Moon corresponds to the relative position of the Moon (seen from the Earth) in relation to the Sun. Thus, the New Moon stage corresponds to the conjunction (0º) Sun-Moon; the First and the Last square correspond to the two quadrants (90º) and the Full Moon corresponds to the opposition (180º).
In the sayings above, we have underlined the existence of a relation between “us” and “the others”, between “us” and “them”, exactly as before we had relations between 1 and 2 or between a and b. We notice that the divine laws (such as the karmic law) fully respect the principle of analogy and proportion: always, the karmic answer is proportional with our deed. We always obtain results according to the actions we have done. Everything in the universe “flows” according to the law of analogy and proportion. The “mathema”-tic model of proportion only establishes this universal truth through a symbolic mark, much more synthetic and concise and, necessarily, more abstract. It leaves us to awaken our attention more and more and to notice the overall presence of the proportion in our life. This will help us understand that nothing happens at random in the world, that everything has a cause and it is according to the divine rules. In this way, we will always be able to act correctly and to be perfectly integrated.
The proportion with four terms - a, b, c, d (which today is written a/b=c/d), which was called “disjunctive” by the Greeks, in fact represents the model of quaternary development, the model of projection of the Principle at the level of the Earth. The extreme terms (a and d) and the median terms (b and c are polarized two by two, complementing each other and at the same time being symbols of the opposite manifestations - “discordant”, according to the Pythagorean expression. The divine harmony naturally implies “the approval of the discordant”, meaning the unification of the polarities. Its model is that of One-into-Three, of the Middle - essence which unites the opposite ends (principles) through the law of Trinity. Here is how Plato introduces, in Timaios, the notion of ideal proportion, which unites three terms: “… it is not possible for two separated terms (and thus, broken from the Harmony of the Whole) to form a beautiful composition without a third. Because a secret connection must exist between them that brings them closer to one another. And out of all connections, the most beautiful is the one that gives the most perfect Unity to the terms it connects. This is the proportion that connects in the most beautiful way.”
The consonance between parts taken two by two and, respectively, between each part and the Whole, is thus the harmonious result of the connection of the things that make the Whole. Coming back to the proportion with four terms, complementary two by two, a/b=c/d or a, b, c, d, its harmonization is done through the fusion of the denominator of the first fraction and the numerator of the second into one unique factor of connection, according to the scheme of the middle, which unifies the extremities through the power of Trinity.
Thus, the proportion with four terms transforms into “continuous” proportion, with three terms
which, in an enumerative notation, becomes the series a, b, c. Here a and c are the symbols of the “discordant” terms, as the Pythagoreans call it, or of the polar opposed forces, of the complementary phenomena, feminine and masculine, Yin and Yang, + and -, while b is the symbol of the median term and at the same time of the essence which realizes the balance and the harmonization or the “accord of the discordants”.
Maybe many have wondered – reading about “The Golden Ratio” – why is it marked with ? and why it equals 1.6180339…, where does this value come from and what is the guarantee that beauty has any connection with it. The notation with the Greek letter ? (phi) was adopted as a sign of homage to the Greek sculptor Phidias, who was harmonizing the effects of his works of art using the Divine proportion. Regarding the numerical value 1.6180339…, it comes from the continuous proportion. The “Golden” proportion (and at the same time the most beautiful proportion) is, according to Plato, the one to which the “connection”, the median term, gives the most complete Unity. Here we speak about that ideal beauty that the Creator insufflates through the likeness with Him, meaning through reflection and analogy, to the entire Creation. Any emanating process starts from the unique Being of the Creator, which is also called the non-separated godly Whole; because of this, we will make a scheme of the calculation (symbolic, of course, and with metaphysical implications) which allows us to find what is, in fact, the numerical expression of the most beautiful, ideal, harmonious, perfect connection between the Creative Whole and the created part.
In chapter III of this book we will show (using the means of elementary mathematics) the way in which this condition of complete unity leads us to the Divine Proportion and to the Golden Ratio. Thus, these appear as being intimately related to the idea of middle and perfect mediation between two things (or two beings), as well as to that of core, essence which connects, knits together, unites. Etymologically speaking, the term “middle” comes from Latin (medius + locus) or, in other words, “the location” of the core, of the essence.
The calculations are not strictly necessary for understanding the idea of Divine Proportion. But they make the above principles more concrete in a numerical form. Those who have forgotten the way in which such calculations are made must only remember that the divine law of analogy and unity of the Creation – as well as the principle of Unity in Trinity exposed by Plato – allows us, as a concretely numerical application, to find again the value ?=1.6180339… Practically, all we do is rediscover the symbolic explanation of the reason why such a long line of Pythagoreans present this Proportion and this rapport (and not another) as the absolute canon of Beauty in a modern context. Thus, instead of being, like many contemporary “Pythagoreans”, just enthusiastic about the idea of Golden Proportion, we also have the metaphysical key of the principle upon which it is based, even if this is not in itself a demonstration with hypothesis and conclusion, as in academic mathematics.
Aside from this, we can also metaphysically interpret the fact that the median term of the continuous proportion is geometrical mean of the extremities (b2 = a.c). In this way, the idea of Unity appears more and more clear, expressed in multiplicative marking (which, symbolically, is the correspondent of the creative process that leads from Unity to Multiplicity).
The Law of Trinity governs Creation doubly: thus, we have a transcendental Three, immovable and unchanged, Three-in-One, which corresponds to perfect Balance, Stillness and Repose and actually constitutes the archetypal Unity and Harmony of the principle, in which no part is separated from the Creative Whole; at the same time, we also have an immanent, dynamic Three, which expresses the growth and asymmetric Movement of life in Manifestation through the number ?, constantly related to the unchanging Pole of perfect Divine Harmony and Symmetry.
The Divine Proportion exactly reflects that unique superior force which creates and in the same time reabsorbs, which gives life and destroys, which materializes and sublimates, which ascends and descends, which unites and divides, most often represented through the model of Three in One and of One in Three of the Holy Trinity. This is present in Christianity, in the Sri Vidya tradition or in the Trika school of Kashmir, in different specific visions, of course, which can not be assimilated or overlapped mechanically. The divine Logos, the secret creative Word, is the median term, therefore being represented in manifestation by the Golden Proportion. This can be understood as the vivid, all-present and perfect connection that mysteriously governs all harmonious relationships. Philo of Alexandria said very beautifully that “God the Father gave Logos both the power to mediate between Him and the Creation, as well as the power to make the difference between Him and the Creation.” This means that actually the Logos is the seed of the Divine Consciousness from the belly of the Manifestation, the threshold between Transcendence and Immanence, the Point in which the universal emanation and resorption merge. It is profoundly significant that we find the line in the Bible: “Where Two or Three are gathered in My Name, I will be with them!” (Matthew, 18:20)
Symbolically, and not at random, the Hindu tradition places Brahma the Creator in the Navel of the World, and the ancient Greeks were worshipping the Omphalos as the Centre of the World, from the same metaphysical considerations.
Fig. O5 – The diagram from the Hermetic manuscript of Giorgi allows the construction of the succession of musical octaves, quadruples and quintuples that form the harmonic system given by Plato in the Timaeus dialogue (a modern representation is shown on the right side)
The notion “mean” (the geometric – harmonic – arithmetic triad) is closely connected to the Divine Proportion and the Tetraktys, the Perfect Decade. Dividing a segment in the Golden rapport also implies the geometrical mean: the rapport between a/b and b/c leads to the formula b2=a.c. In fact, this means that b is the geometrical mean between a and c.
Fig. 0.6 The Lambda from Plato's Timaeus
Fig. 07 The numbers that complete the Lambda by keeping the law of formation unaltered
When Plato suggested dividing the primordial Mixture (the Triad of the Identical, the Different and the Being) through the Number (Resonance) (Timaeus, 35b-c), he also presented the scheme that was later on called Lambda (see figure 0.6). On the left side we have the powers of 2 and on the right side, those of 3. The Feminine, Earth (2) and the Masculine, Sky (3) merge together in the Unique Principle (1) and thus they emanate the three levels of the World that complement each other. The division of the Soul of the World is a profound subject in itself, so we will not develop it further here, but those who want to deepen it can find it in the Timaeus dialogue, together with the way of forming the musical chords (see figure 0.5). What is amazing is that, without much difficulty, Lambda appears as being “extracted” from Tetraktys, the fundamental archetype of the Pythagoreans, thus starting the formation of the Tetraktys by adding the three missing “stones”. Now our problem is what numbers complete the Tetraktys, at the same time keeping its law of formation unaltered. The answer is a new confirmation of our hypothesis and it is provided by the very law of triangular growth, a real archetype of fractal development (which reproduces a unique model through the quality of so-called “auto similarity”, repeated over infinite iterations) or holographic (in which the parts are copies on scale of the whole): The original triangle 1-2-3 must be reflected (proportionally) in all the others. Thus, between 4 and 9 appears 6, because the progressions 2-4-6 and 3-6-9 both hide the triplet 1-2-3. They are obtained from this by multiplying the terms with 2 and 3, respectively. In the bottom line, out of similar reasons, we complete with 12 and 18 (4-8-12), 6-12-18 and 9-18-27 also keep the 1-2-3 rapport). In this way we obtain the scheme from figure 0.7.
Besides, we notice that 6 is the geometrical mean and middle of the pairs 2-18, 4-9, 3-12, in the centre of which it is (62=2.18=4.9=3.12) and at the same time for the triads 1-8-27 (63=1.8.27), 2-12-9 (63=2.12.9) and 3-4-18 (63=3.4.18).
It is indeed unexpected, but the respective “coincidences” only strengthen the idea of an extremely coherent metaphysical-mathematical system (for the initiates) of Pythagorism. Here is another impulse for a better reflection upon the significance of the arithmetical operations and to a more profound focus upon the numeric symbolism, which can open unexpected gates for us.
Coming back to the Divine Proportion, we notice that in fact the complementarity of the Identical and of the Different is fulfilled through the unifying Principle of the Being, and after portioning Unity through the powers of 2 and 3, the sequence 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 8, 27 is obtained. Plato describes the filling of the intervals through the use of arithmetic and harmonic mean. Thus, they regulate the proportional (comm)union of the extreme terms, becoming “representatives” of the mediating principle (connected to psyche – the soul) between the spiritual – causal (intelligible) domain and the physical one (sensitive). In this direction, it is significant that the means correspond analogically to the three Worlds. Thus, we can say that the Causal world corresponds to the arithmetic mean, the Astral world corresponds to the harmonic mean and the Physical world corresponds to the geometrical mean.
Therefore, we have outlined a specific way of metaphysical interpretation, which allows very special correlations between Arithmology and the Golden Proportion, all these being revealed to us as the elements of a structure that is impossible to break.
For the ancient Greeks the Trinity (truly Holy) was the carring force of the Concordia, Harmony and “marriage”. At the same time, it was the cohesive, unifying factor of the opposite and discordant pairs of terms. Homer (Iliad, 15.189) said that “Everything was divided into three”; according to Nicomah of Gerasa, the virtues were somewhere in the middle between two vicious states (one through excess, the other one through the lacking) and reciprocally opposite. The virtues are under the incidence of the monad, thus being something wise and defined – because the mean is one – while the vices are governed by the dyad and are indefinite and meaningless.
Expression of the Great Cosmic Power TRIPURA SUNDARI, the Trinity of the Divine Proportion appears as being the unique Canon of Harmony in the three worlds, each fundamental level reflecting its light, as much as it given through the Universal Order.
As far as we are concerned, we must know how to apply this canon in different ways, because if in the physical level we can use the measure of lengths and the value 1.618033… in order to outline the harmonic rapport, at the emotional level we must live fully and to integrate inner states. With regard to the causal level we must reveal within ourselves, as intensely and profoundly as possible, an ineffable overview which secretly synthesizes and unifies the ideas. The arithmological model for this way of acting is the mean, which corresponds, analogically speaking, to “the middle way”. Not by chance, Jesus said of Himself that he is “the Way, the Truth and the Life”, and Buddha found the “median way”. Also, in folklore there is the wise saying: “The Truth is in the middle”. Therefore, for the lover of wisdom, the arithmetic, harmonic and geometric means are tools which symbolically evoke the integration of all tendencies and latent imprints of the being, as well as of the inferior tendencies (corresponding to the extremes, and to the discordant) through the cultivation of the state of neutrality (which corresponds to the Mean, Balance, Harmony and Unity).
Though it might appear ordinary, the simple measurement and comparison of some relations to the 1.618033… value is a good start, because even if this constitutes a minor application of the Divine Proportion, it has the power to gradually awaken something mysterious within us.
Quoting the inspired words of the apostle Paul, we could say that by doing this, “[now] partly we know, and partly we foretell. But when that which is divine and perfect will be revealed to us COMPLETELY, than that which is offered to us as part will transfigure us.” Knowing all this, we just have to get involved with our entire being, body, soul and mind in this fruitful search that gradually leads us to finding our essential Unity. In this way, at one point we will fully, completely and profoundly experience the inspired saying from the ISA UPANISHAD:
“That is perfect. This is truly perfect. Perfection brings perfection. Beauty calls for beauty. Take perfection from perfection and thus you will see that what is left is perfection.”
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Paramhansa Yogananda and his Master Sri Yukteswar - Part 2
Master never arrogantly asserted: "I prophesy that such and such an event shall occur!" He would rather hint: "Don't you think it may happen?" But his simple speech hid vatic power. There was no recanting; never did his slightly veiled words prove false.Sri Yukteswar was reserved and matter-of-fact in demeanor. There was naught of the vague or daft visionary about him.
His feet were firm on the earth, his head in the haven of heaven. Practical people aroused his admiration. "Saintliness is not dumbness! Divine perceptions are not incapacitating!" he would say. "The active expression of virtue gives rise to the keenest intelligence."
In Master's life I fully discovered the cleavage between spiritual realism and the obscure mysticism that spuriously passes as a counterpart. My guru was reluctant to discuss the superphysical realms. His only "marvelous" aura was one of perfect simplicity. In conversation he avoided startling references; in action he was freely expressive. Others talked of miracles but could manifest nothing; Sri Yukteswar seldom mentioned the subtle laws but secretly operated them at will.
"A man of realization does not perform any miracle until he receives an inward sanction," Master explained. "God does not wish the secrets of His creation revealed promiscuously. 12-12 Also, every individual in the world has inalienable right to his free will. A saint will not encroach upon that independence."
The silence habitual to Sri Yukteswar was caused by his deep perceptions of the Infinite. No time remained for the interminable "revelations" that occupy the days of teachers without self- realization. "In shallow men the fish of little thoughts cause much commotion. In oceanic minds the whales of inspiration make hardly a ruffle." This observation from the Hindu scriptures is not without discerning humor.
Because of my guru's unspectacular guise, only a few of his contemporaries recognized him as a superman. The popular adage: "He is a fool that cannot conceal his wisdom," could never be applied to Sri Yukteswar. Though born a mortal like all others, Master had achieved identity with the Ruler of time and space. In his life I perceived a godlike unity. He had not found any insuperable obstacle to mergence of human with Divine. No such barrier exists, I came to understand, save in man's spiritual unadventurousness.
I always thrilled at the touch of Sri Yukteswar's holy feet. Yogis teach that a disciple is spiritually magnetized by reverent contact with a master; a subtle current is generated. The devotee's undesirable habit-mechanisms in the brain are often cauterized; the groove of his worldly tendencies beneficially disturbed.
Momentarily at least he may find the secret veils of maya lifting, and glimpse the reality of bliss. My whole body responded with a liberating glow whenever I knelt in the Indian fashion before my guru.
"Even when Lahiri Mahasaya was silent," Master told me, "or when he conversed on other than strictly religious topics, I discovered that nonetheless he had transmitted to me ineffable knowledge."
Sri Yukteswar affected me similarly. If I entered the hermitage in a worried or indifferent frame of mind, my attitude imperceptibly changed. A healing calm descended at mere sight of my guru. Every day with him was a new experience in joy, peace, and wisdom. Never did I find him deluded or intoxicated with greed or emotion or anger or any human attachment.
"The darkness of maya is silently approaching. Let us hie homeward within." With these words at dusk Master constantly reminded his disciples of their need for Kriya Yoga. A new student occasionally expressed doubts regarding his own worthiness to engage in yoga practice.
"Forget the past," Sri Yukteswar would console him. "The vanished lives of all men are dark with many shames. Human conduct is ever unreliable until anchored in the Divine. Everything in future will improve if you are making a spiritual effort now."
Master seldom asked others to render him a personal service, nor would he accept help from a student unless the willingness were sincere. My guru quietly washed his clothes if the disciples overlooked that privileged task. Sri Yukteswar wore the traditional ocher-colored swami robe; his laceless shoes, in accordance with yogi custom, were of tiger or deer skin.
Master spoke fluent English, French, Hindi, and Bengali; his Sanskrit was fair. He patiently instructed his young disciples by certain short cuts which he had ingeniously devised for the study of English and Sanskrit.
Master was cautious of his body, while withholding solicitous attachment. The Infinite, he pointed out, properly manifests through physical and mental soundness. He discountenanced any extremes. A disciple once started a long fast. My guru only laughed: "Why not throw the dog a bone?"
Sri Yukteswar's health was excellent; I never saw him unwell. 12-14 He permitted students to consult doctors if it seemed advisable. His purpose was to give respect to the worldly custom: "Physicians must carry on their work of healing through God's laws as applied to matter." But he extolled the superiority of mental therapy, and often repeated: "Wisdom is the greatest cleanser."
"The body is a treacherous friend. Give it its due; no more," he said. "Pain and pleasure are transitory; endure all dualities with calmness, while trying at the same time to remove their hold. Imagination is the door through which disease as well as healing enters. Disbelieve in the reality of sickness even when you are ill; an unrecognized visitor will flee!"
Master numbered many doctors among his disciples. "Those who have ferreted out the physical laws can easily investigate the science of the soul," he told them. "A subtle spiritual mechanism is hidden just behind the bodily structure."
Sri Yukteswar counseled his students to be living liaisons of Western and Eastern virtues. Himself an executive Occidental in outer habits, inwardly he was the spiritual Oriental. He praised the progressive, resourceful and hygienic habits of the West, and the religious ideals which give a centuried halo to the East.
Discipline had not been unknown to me: at home Father was strict, Ananta often severe. But Sri Yukteswar's training cannot be described as other than drastic. A perfectionist, my guru was hypercritical of his disciples, whether in matters of moment or in the subtle nuances of behavior.
"Good manners without sincerity are like a beautiful dead lady," he remarked on suitable occasion. "Straightforwardness without civility is like a surgeon's knife, effective but unpleasant. Candor with courtesy is helpful and admirable."
Master was apparently satisfied with my spiritual progress, for he seldom referred to it; in other matters my ears were no strangers to reproof. My chief offenses were absentmindedness, intermittent indulgence in sad moods, non-observance of certain rules of etiquette, and occasional unmethodical ways.
"Observe how the activities of your father Bhagabati are well- organized and balanced in every way," my guru pointed out. The two disciples of Lahiri Mahasaya had met, soon after I began my pilgrimages to Serampore. Father and Sri Yukteswar admiringly evaluated the other's worth. Both had built an inner life of spiritual granite, insoluble against the ages.
From transient teachers of my earlier life I had imbibed a few erroneous lessons. A chela, I was told, need not concern himself strenuously over worldly duties; when I had neglected or carelessly performed my tasks, I was not chastised. Human nature finds such instruction very easy of assimilation. Under Master's unsparing rod, however, I soon recovered from the agreeable delusions of irresponsibility.
"Those who are too good for this world are adorning some other," Sri Yukteswar remarked. "So long as you breathe the free air of earth, you are under obligation to render grateful service. He alone who has fully mastered the breathless state is freed from cosmic imperatives. I will not fail to let you know when you have attained the final perfection."
My guru could never be bribed, even by love. He showed no leniency to anyone who, like myself, willingly offered to be his disciple. Whether Master and I were surrounded by his students or by strangers, or were alone together, he always spoke plainly and upbraided sharply. No trifling lapse into shallowness or inconsistency escaped his rebuke. This flattening treatment was hard to endure, but my resolve was to allow Sri Yukteswar to iron out each of my psychological kinks. As he labored at this titanic transformation, I shook many times under the weight of his disciplinary hammer.
"If you don't like my words, you are at liberty to leave at any time," Master assured me. "I want nothing from you but your own improvement. Stay only if you feel benefited."
For every humbling blow he dealt my vanity, for every tooth in my metaphorical jaw he knocked loose with stunning aim, I am grateful beyond any facility of expression. The hard core of human egotism is hardly to be dislodged except rudely. With its departure, the Divine finds at last an unobstructed channel. In vain It seeks to percolate through flinty hearts of selfishness.
Sri Yukteswar's wisdom was so penetrating that, heedless of remarks, he often replied to one's unspoken observation. "What a person imagines he hears, and what the speaker has really implied, may be poles apart," he said. "Try to feel the thoughts behind the confusion of men's verbiage."
But divine insight is painful to worldly ears; Master was not popular with superficial students. The wise, always few in number, deeply revered him. I daresay Sri Yukteswar would have been the most sought- after guru in India had his words not been so candid and so censorious.
"I am hard on those who come for my training," he admitted to me. "That is my way; take it or leave it. I will never compromise. But you will be much kinder to your disciples; that is your way. I try to purify only in the fires of severity, searing beyond the average toleration. The gentle approach of love is also transfiguring. The inflexible and the yielding methods are equally effective if applied with wisdom. You will go to foreign lands, where blunt assaults on the ego are not appreciated. A teacher could not spread India's message in the West without an ample fund of accommodative patience and forbearance." I refuse to state the amount of truth I later came to find in Master's words!
Though Sri Yukteswar's undissembling speech prevented a large following during his years on earth, nevertheless his living spirit manifests today over the world, through sincere students of his Kriya Yoga and other teachings. He has further dominion in men's souls than ever Alexander dreamed of in the soil.
Father arrived one day to pay his respects to Sri Yukteswar. My parent expected, very likely, to hear some words in my praise. He was shocked to be given a long account of my imperfections. It was Master's practice to recount simple, negligible shortcomings with an air of portentous gravity. Father rushed to see me. "From your guru's remarks I thought to find you a complete wreck!" My parent was between tears and laughter.
The only cause of Sri Yukteswar's displeasure at the time was that I had been trying, against his gentle hint, to convert a certain man to the spiritual path.
With indignant speed I sought out my guru. He received me with downcast eyes, as though conscious of guilt. It was the only time I ever saw the divine lion meek before me. The unique moment was savored to the full.
"Sir, why did you judge me so mercilessly before my astounded father? Was that just?"
"I will not do it again." Master's tone was apologetic.
Instantly I was disarmed. How readily the great man admitted his fault! Though he never again upset Father's peace of mind, Master relentlessly continued to dissect me whenever and wherever he chose.
New disciples often joined Sri Yukteswar in exhaustive criticism of others. Wise like the guru! Models of flawless discrimination! But he who takes the offensive must not be defenseless. The same carping students fled precipitantly as soon as Master publicly unloosed in their direction a few shafts from his analytical quiver.
"Tender inner weaknesses, revolting at mild touches of censure, are like diseased parts of the body, recoiling before even delicate handling." This was Sri Yukteswar's amused comment on the flighty ones.
From "Autobiography of a yogi" by Paramahansa Yogananda
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Spiritual tests for advanced practioners
by Mihai Stoian
The tests that mark our spiritual evolution on the path of self becoming are inevitable. It is said that even Jesus experienced them, therefore all of us have spiritual tests. However, we usually hear about situations that test the beginner aspirants and we rarely hear about the tests of those who have been walking the spiritual path for some time.
The regression of the apprentice,the occultation of the teacher
Tests that appear in the first stages are much more obvious and they affect many practitioners, selecting those who are truly ready to continue. A discussion about such tests is generally better understood because it refers to the beginning stages, which are widely accessible. Nevertheless, the spiritual tests of aspirants with experience on the spiritual path are just as interesting. Due to the fact that they appear in more advanced stages of practice, they are subtler and more difficult to decode.
“When the disciple is ready, the master appears,” is a saying for those who’ve begun their inner evolution and sometimes express their worry about the way they will be guided further. Triumph over the first subtle tests represents the criteria upon which the aspirants’ selection is based. Therefore, the master only appears to those who have succeeded, as confirmation that they have passed the test and are ready for the next stages. For a while, everything flows within the new frame, the aspirant learns to see things from a new perspective and discovers the value of the truth of this expression, but its reverse can equally manifest: when the disciple fails some major spiritual tests, he regresses; therefore, he stops being ready and the master “disappears”, becoming occult. Of course, this is not only about concretely withdrawing from the life of the aspirant, due to an “apparently objective” situation (he either leaves the physical level, or he moves to another city or another country, or he is stopped from seeing his disciples). The most frequent situation is the one in which he is close to the aspirants, but some of them begin to regress and, by completely changing their point of view, they can no longer perceive him as a master.
The disciple sees differently, the master is the same
This bizarre phenomenon of “becoming occult”, which is specific to the spiritual teacher, is only due to the fact that the aspirant completely changes his inner point of view, and it is not because the master has changed. The one who is in such a dramatic situation begins to make strange and mean projections, he begins to find all kind of unreal justifications and he says that “the master is not as he was in the beginning”, even if – paradoxically – the master proves to be the same for the others, giving them the same divine help and being the same unpredictable enemy of the ego, when necessary.
How does such a distortion of the perception take place? A disciple who practices controlling the sexual energy, for example, will soon face serious tests in this direction. If he fails the spiritual test, he has the tendency to “lower his standards as an instinctive protective mechanism, hoping that in this way he will be protected from the risk of future disappointments. Without realizing it, the disciple narrows his inner horizon, and the master’s impulses and actions appear in another perspective – a darker and duller one. When the master gives him the impulse to mobilize all his forces in order to succeed to control the sexual energies, the aspirant will be less enthusiastic, he will even be ironic or joke about these impulses, sometimes manifesting impertinence or even a de-transfigurative familiarity. If the master advises him to let go of prejudices and enjoy lovemaking with his lover in order to develop control over the sexual energy, the aspirant may have the impression that he is pushed and forced towards something he no longer values, therefore he may consider that the action of the spiritual guide is an exaggeration, an intrusion into his personal life.
There is a risk for all of these aspects to appear as a result of the regression that follows the failed spiritual test. The aspirant no longer understands the importance of re-using sexual energy on the spiritual path and he now looks at things from a more “relaxed” point of view, imagining that the systematic use of the sexual energies on the path of transmutation and sublimation is a secondary, optional choice. Another example is that of a disciple who wants to explore the secrets of meditation. In the beginning he makes a daily effort, inspired also by the master’s words and by the example he gives. After a while he becomes looser and stops practicing so intensively, even if his spiritual results do not give him the right to slow down. Now he is tempted to give greater importance to some common aspects of life which he previously considered ephemeral. If in such a moment he has the possibility to choose between spiritual practice and a certain tempting social position that offers him financial satisfaction, but takes away all his time and energy, it is almost certain he will choose the social position.
Tricked by the vision which has once again become profane, the aspirant chooses the social position, convinced that after he makes a career and a bank account he will also find time for meditation. After failing this test, the aspirant considers that his action was correct and he imagines that his master’s advice regarding detachment from material aspects of life are strange and exaggerated. This is why he can even begin to intensely criticize some of his spiritual guide’s advice and also to convince others to act as he did. This attitude makes him go even deeper into the mistake marked by failing that spiritual test. In such a situation, the distance between aspirant and spiritual guide increases more and more, without any changes in the attitude of the master.
Playing the statue
For the advanced practitioners, one of the most difficult tests is that of their position and importance on the spiritual path. As one advances in his acquiring of knowledge, part of the spiritual training of a disciple is to share this knowledge with the practitioners from the same school of evolution. They are in the beginning, and he helps them to move on. Self-giving in order to give an impulse and to support the others offers a new depth to spiritual becoming; this is why it is embraced by most of those who reach a certain level of spiritual practice. However, in the significant and detached work through which he helps the others to evolve, a particular amplified “self-importance” can appear, in a very subtle way, without obvious signs. In this way, the spiritual ego awakens and becomes amplified. When the consciousness of self-importance is connected to strictly individual accomplishments or situations, especially very worldly ones, it can be noticed and removed more easily. However, when it is about what the aspirant does in order to serve the others spiritually, the state is insidious and it sneaks into his soul at a more subtle level and is often an important test on the path of inner perfection.
“The graveyards are full of irreplaceable people” – is a saying for those who need to understand that they are too full of themselves. When you truly do very good and important things for the others, you can easily forget that you are not the one who acts, but that God acts through you and He constantly does what is necessary. This is why advanced aspirants must be careful to apply the Karma Yoga principles with great mastership, and to practice humbleness intensely, attentively and consciously. It is not by chance that communities of monks insist on having a state of humbleness –the ally of monks and especially of those who have already had some spiritual realizations. Behind this self-importance, the germ of deviating from the spiritual path can appear very fast. How does this happen? The colleagues that the aspirant helps have the natural tendency to ‘erect a statue in his honour’. The advanced aspirant must be very lucid and avoid identifying himself with this image, in order to break that statue that they built of his image and with which he tends to identify his soul.
The disciple can consider these things as simple, harmless games, but when they crystallize as inner attitudes it is already too late because they lead to serious contradictions, big inner crises and painful errors. These mistakes are not made as a result of a lack of knowledge, but because he had already lost his inner freedom when he became the statue he was playing before.
Candle is the result of the burning flame
Another important test for advanced practitioners is that of “taking out insurance” against the reactions of the master. Any authentic spiritual guide has a crushing effect on the nature of the ego. Therefore, from the first steps on the path of inner becoming, the action of the master scares the disciples who still cling to the ego. As the transcendence of this illusory structure appears later on the path of evolution, it is possible that the aspirant will have a kind of deep subconscious terror that the master will “strike” again one day, hitting him in the core of his being, where the last piece of ego is hiding.
This is how, once he has gained a certain “importance” in the structure of the spiritual group, the aspirant will have subconscious hopes that the “gained” position will ensure him a kind of protection in front of the objective and uncompromised eye of his guide. The test he has to go through now is about the way in which he deals with the tendency to rely on his so-called illusory position to which he gives imaginary weightiness. This tendency appears because today’s society teaches us that one must prove to be useful in order to survive. The ego reacts in the same way in its desperate attempt to strengthen or even to regenerate its last pieces, after the aspirant had gradually reclaimed almost all his inner territories from of its claws.
“For the one who is still ignorant, the flame is the result of the burning candle; for the one who became wise, the candle is the result of the burning flame.” This is the test of successful individual practice. If we see things from a limited perspective, after the euphoria of the results of the beginning passes, a major inner conflict tends to appear between what we understood partially and what the master sees from a universal perspective and what he shows us with lucidity and detachment. If we do not aim to “raise” ourselves to the level at which we should be, according to the things we learned so far, it is possible to gradually lose the overview that is open to us in the first stages of the spiritual path, because we trust our master “no matter what”.
In this way, a feeling of being astray from the master appears. This feeling manifests as apparently “fair” criticism, phantasmagorical discontent, and a mean and exaggerated selectiveness towards what the master does. In this situation, his actions start to appear to increasingly lack the real divine meaning we used to perceive at the beginning of the spiritual path. Why is that? It is because now we no longer have the same vision. We live with the false impression that the flame appears now due to the candle and we consider it absurd to act upon it if we want to change the shape of the candle.
The image in the broken mirror is a distorted one
These aspects seem unimaginable for those who are in the first stages of the spiritual path (this is because in the beginning the inner vision is borrowed from the master to a great extent, and it represents part of the grace we receive in order to be able to move on). Yet, in the case of advanced aspirants who have a natural tendency to clearly understand this and to form their own spiritual vision, it is possible – if this crystallization does not take place at the highest spiritual coordinates that have been shown – that the aspirant can gradually lose contact with his master through an obvious alienation of ideas.
If the aspirant has the revelation in the beginning (transmitted by the spiritual guide) that everything in the Universe is love and he allows this new perspective to give him an impulse, it is nevertheless possible that over time he can no longer validate this understanding through personal experiences in meditation and in daily life. Scepticism, doubt, regression and various difficulties appear once again in the heart of the disciple, but now he has other “certain” perspectives and nobody sounds the alarm bells. In his subconscious, the regressing aspirant builds the conviction that not everything is quite like that, that there is not only love in the Universe and for him things become “different” and much more nuanced. He even has the tendency to be ironic, as if he is joking, about this revelation “for the beginners”; gradually, he will start to live further and further away from that principle, returning, without even noticing, to a profane vision, hidden behind the imaginary behavior of a “saint”, of a great “wise man” or even (why not) proudly claiming he is a master, (and, ridiculously enough, having the impertinence to give lessons to the spiritual guide from which he learned the little that he knows).
Even so, the master will continue to manifest in a detached manner and to apply this principle everywhere. If he interacts with the disciple and corrects him, the disciple will have the tendency to judge the actions of his spiritual guide according to his own perversity, according to abject and limited human interests, and not according to the universal principal of love, which he abandoned without noticing when he passed from the master’s direct support to the results obtained through individual practice. It is especially then that he imagines that the master acts out of certain personal interests and he interprets the master’s intention and action of correction in a distorted and mean way. This is only a part of the most famous tests that the advanced aspirants face on the spiritual path. Usually these situations are hard to understand as long as we do not have the inner point of view; they are especially hard for those who are not yet at that level of spiritual practice and realization to understand.
Originally published in Yoga Magazin number 66, 2007
taken from mihaistoian.net: http://www.mihaistoian.net/category/latest-news/spiritual-tests-ad-advanced-practioners
The nature of woman is to bring into manifestation the impulse received from the man – the spark of consciousness.
Nowadays, woman tend to forget that it is in their nature to follow consciousness and to create the necessary environment for the seed to grow and blossom, and they are more focused on controlling the man, thus denying their own nature. In couple relationships, this tendency limits the beauty of manifested and shared true love and turns the relationship itself into a playground with strict rules which both lovers struggle to respect or to break, ending up bored, tired and unhappy. In order to grow, love needs a ground free of any limitations, where it can reveal its tremendous power, magnificence and beauty to those who share it, taking them to the heart of God. In this article we present you the first 15 fundamental differences between ignorant women, who keep looking for Prince Charming and yet are always alone, and the initiated women – initiated in tantra or in the mysteries of the transfiguring lovemaking, who know how to polarize the man they love, so that their relationship is a true embodiment of divine love.
1. Ignorant woman do not know what they want in life, they have no spiritual aspirations and do nothing in order to build a couple relationship, but they foolishly keep waiting for a man to call them. Initiated Tantric women have their own plans and aspirations and gracefully tell the man they value that he is welcomed to some activities where it is integrated that they participate together.
2. Once they finally found a man that shows interest to them, with whom they could build a couple relationship, ignorant women want to control him, suffocating the man in their life. Initiated women know the secrets of the art of fascination and maintain the chosen lover, so that “controlling” him becomes completely pointless.
3. Not having something better to do, the ignorant women systematically “check” the man who had not called them yet.
Initiated women are integrated with all their heart in spiritual activities, so that they do not become terrorized by the idea: “Oh, my God, he had not called me yet!”
4. Ignorant women desperately try to chain a man, using sexuality as an exchange product. Initiated woman know that only Tantric eroticism, based on sexual continence and sublimation, through its extraordinary transforming effects, always makes a man want to unite with that Tantric woman in a spiritual couple.
5. Ignorant women either fake pleasure grotesquely, believing that this is what is required and that it will bring them appreciation, or they silently wait for the man to finish what he does there, in his selfish and often animalistic way.
In such a situation, initiated women stop, get up and get dressed and full of playfulness suggest: “We either learn the secrets of Tantric lovemaking together, or I am not the one you are looking for.”
6. Ignorant women are terrified by the periods when they do not have a lover.
Initiated women transfigure this period as a valuable time in which they can make huge spiritual progress, merging directly with Shiva, the supreme lover.
7. Due to the resonance with inferior levels, ignorant women tend to ignore the so called “good guys” – beings who modestly choose beneficial resonances, but they do not make a big fuss about it - saying: “He cannot make me happy.”
Initiated women, full of transfiguration and courage, ignore only the so called “bad boys” – beings that display a state of masculinity – the macho men – which in fact has a gross orientation towards superficial and often demonic aspects, opposing any transformation.
8. Ignorant women can bring the man to a state of orgasm with discharge, in superficial adventures that lead only to frustrations and suffering.
Initiated women – especially in Tantra, can bring the man to the realization of the Supreme Self, through the spiritual evolution in couple based on love, respect, transfiguration and sexual continence.
9. Due to their gregarious orientation, ignorant women are always worried that they are not good enough or beautiful enough for a certain man.
Initiated women know how to value their qualities in the continuous process of Self Inquiry, so that they become very beautiful and very good for any man.
10. Ignorant woman, lacking self-confidence, desperately try to monopolize the entire time and attention of their man with all kind of demands and moods.
Initiated women realize that they can easily offer the space their lover needs in the process of polarization and in this way the time they spend together in a couple is even more pleasant and more special. (Tantric aphorism: The waiting increases the pleasure.)
11. Not knowing what a spiritual test is and looking only for the pleasure experienced in happy moments, ignorant women despise the man who is going through a difficult period, considering him weak.
Initiated women offer support and understanding also when the couple goes through hard times.
12. Ignorant women constantly ask to be understood, protected, and helped, and keep repeating this to their man, while they hardly offer him anything.
Initiated women create the magic of delicious intimacy, where the man will mutually and spontaneously share his understanding, love, attention, tenderness, protection within their loving united couple.
13. An ignorant woman believes that the suffering experienced in the relationship with a man is only his fault. Later on, she projects an imaginary fault on all the other men that will follow, as she believes they have to pay for the mistakes of the first one. This is the process that creates trauma.
Initiated Tantric women evolve fast, learning from all the experiences of life in the couple, whether they are good or bad.
14. Ignorant women, caught in the game of their own imagination, believe that they fall in love and then they madly hunt for the object of their affection, ignoring all the signals they receive and all aspects of reality which do not fit their precious illusions.
Initiated women do everything in an integrated spiritual way; they carefully pay attention to synchronicities and mysterious signs, so that they are not fooled by the game of desire and imagination when they fall in love.
15. Hearing these statements, ignorant women will either feel attacked and will aim to judge the messenger, ignoring the wisdom of the content, or they will be touched, will find themselves in some of these descriptions and, full of aspiration, they will start the process of initiation in order to become perfect Shaktis, thus fulfilling their destiny in this life.
Initiated women, Tantric or on any other path leading to supreme realization, continuing their evolution towards the state of perfect Shakti, will also tell others about these ideas, adding new ones of practical wisdom from their own experience.
Taken from "The spiritual couple relationship", conference kept by Mihai and Adina Stoian in 2006, in Costinesti - Romania.
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1) The Ignorant man is full of superficial ideas about life, constantly having the impression that he knows a great deal about almost anything. He runs from one woman to another and from one relationship to another, only looking for easy and selfish pleasures.
The Initiate man has high ideals to which he dedicates most of his thoughts and aspirations. He engages profoundly and consciously in spiritual relationships, aiming to make his lover happy.
2) Once he finds a woman he likes, the Ignorant man uses her for satisfying his own pleasures, aiming to satisfy any of her small desires, in order to make her depend on him.
The Tantric initiate man maintains his verticality on his path to perfection, aiming at the same time to make his lover truly happy. He helps her build her own way towards happiness.
3) Due to his selfishness and superficiality, the Ignorant man tends to run away from the woman in his life when the relationship becomes too serious.
The Initiate man maintains the state of transfiguration and continues to deepen the relationship, making it a truly serious relationship.
4) The Ignorant man who does not know about sexual continence “buys” his sexual satisfactions by making compromises with his lover.
The Initiate man who practices sexual continence and who knows the secrets of transmutation and sublimation is able to erotically fulfil his lover, without becoming addicted to sensual pleasure.
5) The Ignorant man aims to make the woman depend on his presence and he forcefully imposes on her certain ideas or even limits that he has.
The Initiate man aims to perfect himself and allows his lover to choose her path, confident in love and the victory of authentic values over superficial temptations.
6) The Ignorant man who does not know or does not apply sexual continence constantly remains at the same level regarding the art of lovemaking. He has sex in a superficial way, dominated by primal instincts and aiming for quick satisfaction. He encourages inferior tendencies within the woman and has no concern for her erotic fulfilment.
Day by day, the Initiated tantric man comes closer to perfection in the art of lovemaking with continence and has no other purpose for lovemaking than to merge with his lover at the highest levels and to reach the state of happiness and perfect androgyny together. He is firm in applying sexual continence and he encourages his lover in this direction.
7) Out of the desire to prove himself able, the Ignorant man chases women, but he never gets too close to his lover, at the soul level he keeps a “comfortable” distance from her, most of the time staying alone and seeing in this attitude a proof of manhood.
The Initiate tantric man knows the absolute importance of love and the importance of sacrifice in love, therefore he does not waste any moment without opening towards his lover and giving love. In all women he sees the cosmic lover – Parashakti – which he adores in eternity.
8) The Ignorant man is delighted by bad girls, who satisfy the primal instincts he manifests especially in sexual interaction. Due to his ignorance and to his down going tendency, he despises so called good girls. For him qualities such as purity, modesty, intelligence, refined sensuality, profound affection, spontaneity, spiritual openness are seen as handicaps.
The Tantric initiate man adores women and transfigures them. In this way, he can see the specific divine qualities in any woman. He appreciates “good girls” and encourages them through his transfiguration to bring into light and to fully manifest all their latent qualities, which they are often unaware of.
9) The Ignorant man reaches orgasm with ejaculation very fast, leaving the woman frustrated and tormented. Therefore, for him lovemaking is an effort which in time tires him. This is why he will gradually aim to replace it with watching TV, making comments about the football matches, drinking alcohol and so on.
The Initiate man effortlessly engages in erotic fusions, which due to sexual continence become as many occasions to make his lover happy and in this way to reach states of cosmic consciousness together.
10) Due to his superficiality and his ignorance about sexual continence, the Ignorant man has a subconscious fear that he cannot fulfil women erotically. This is why he aims to impose on her the image of a tough man or a macho man, which includes many sexual limitations, meant to make her have less desires.
The Tantric initiate man maintains his self control, due to his effortless control over the sexual energy. This is why his attitude is natural and without any prejudices, he then encourages his lover to develop her creativity in lovemaking games.
11) Lacking self confidence, the Ignorant man aims to keep the woman he likes addicted to him, satisfying her moods and requests and not daring to tell her when she makes mistakes.
The Tantric initiate man sets his lover free, knowing that the effect of strong polarization is stronger then any dependency.
12) Because he completely lacks life experience and being almost always caught up in his states and experiences only at the surface level, the Ignorant man is only present in the couple relationship when it is pleasant, and he runs away when the woman has to pass certain tests, considering that it is her business.
The initiate man knows the value of self sacrifice, which comes from love, and he stands by his lover when she has certain problems, offering her his strong support.
13) Ignorant man takes by himself whatever he wants from the relationship, without considering whether what he wants is also what the woman wants. He believes that what matters is that he is happy and content.
The Tantric initiate man follows the tantric principle: “The greatest happiness of the tantric man is to make his lover completely happy.” Therefore, he engages in a couple relationship with the belief that to give is more important than what he would take by himself.
14) When he suffers due to certain mistakes in the couple relationship, the Ignorant man completely blames the woman and he is satisfied with himself, saying that he did everything he could do.
The Initiate man aims to become perfect in any situation and he does not avoid the responsibilities he has within the couple relationship.
15) When he falls in love, the Ignorant man does not see anything else and he behaves as if blinded by his desires. Thus, he easily becomes the victim of his own illusions.
The initiate man falls in love with his heart, for him the state of falling in love is an extraordinary way of accessing higher levels of manifestation, he is constantly attentive to the divine game of synchronicities.
Hearing these things, the Ignorant man will feel indifferent, considering that it is not about him. Only in certain cases will the Ignorant man put himself together and make a system of transformation. In other cases, the Ignorant man will superficially laugh at these revelations, avoiding any analysis in depth, or he will violently reject any of the statements above.
The Initiate man will listen carefully, in silence, to all these statements and he will lucidly analyse his inner state, identifying the areas he still needs to work on. At the same time, he already makes a plan for future transformations, including his lover in this process of clarification and self-analysis.
Taken from "The spiritual couple relationship", conference kept by Mihai and Adina Stoian in 2006, in Costinesti - Romania.
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By Paula Suciu
A tantric relationship between a man and a woman is a relationship that is full of profound emotional and erotic intimacy, and it is based on honest and open communication between the two lovers.
If we want our couple relationship to blossom, we have to cultivate mutual trust and respect, soul openness and a very profound and delicious state of intimacy.
The central idea of tantric wisdom is to gain a state of harmony and unity by re-establishing balance between the polar masculine and feminine forces. These forces govern the entirety of Existence. According to tantra, perfect communion between the two complementary forces, when they are in harmony with each other, will bring Infinite Beatitude.
We all have our own strengths and weaknesses, but respect for the other one’s qualities brings balance in the couple relationship. Therefore, the possible conflicts, games of power and manipulation will no longer take place. Amorous passion, even if it has enough vitality and energy, is transitory. Holistic, soul-level love, however, is much stronger and long-lasting, as it is based on discovering, both within our inner universe and in the universe of the beloved being, the essential divine nature.
For deepening the state of soul intimacy, share your thoughts and feelings with the being you love
The state of delicious intimacy within the couple deepens when the lovers share their thoughts, experiences and the state of their soul. Our beings have to come close to each other in an intimate and profound way, opening up physically, affectively, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Sometimes, this process can be difficult for us, because we have to give up our protection shield which we have used for covering the wounds of our souls, caused by experiences from our previous couple relationships.
In order that we avoid projecting on to the other our problems and needs, it is necessary to look within our soul with honesty to find the causes of the pain inside. At the same, we must manifest a state of tolerance and much flexibility, in order to understand that the other’s needs and way of thinking can be different to our own. For this, we need a lot of courage to be able to speak honestly and clearly about our feelings, desires and aspirations regarding the couple relationship. In order that the love between us stays alive, and for its intensity and depth to increase, we must always evoke the sublime moment of the beginning and to nourish our souls with magic moments, full of romanticism.
Solving immediately possible conflicts which, in time, could trigger states of anger, resentment or tension between ourselves and the being we love will help us a great deal in our couple relationship. It will make our erotic life abundant in spontaneity, exuberance and delight. Tantric love is a transforming experience. We cannot give ourselves full heartedly to a being if we maintain within ourselves certain emotional inhibitions or frustrations. We need to give up prejudices in order to be able to feel empathically and to respond to the feelings of the being we love.
In order to maintain freshness and harmony in the couple relationship, it is necessary to spend time talking about the delicate problems whilst aiming to understand the point of view of the other. The communication between us is thus very efficient and has a positive impact. When we decide to have such a discussion, we will consider the following aspects: each one will aim to say what burdens our soul, sincerely, in a coherent way, with a balanced and calm voice, while the other one aims to listen very attentively and receptively, without getting defensive. Another very important aspect is that neither one of us interrupts the other and that, when we do speak, we do not try to dominate the conversation by raising our voice. It is also important that we are not afraid to show our vulnerability to the other. In this way we prove that, by opening our souls, our relationship has much to gain.
The joy of erotic sharing
Sexuality is an intrinsic and valuable part of our human nature, and it is worthwhile to treat it with great responsibility. In a tantric, intimate relationship, we must have faith in each other and respect our states, feelings, beliefs, ideals. We will consider the possibilities at the erotic and soul-level of the person we love and we will never force them to make love if they do not wish to. When there is mutual adoration and transfiguration, sexual limitations and prejudices disappear. Amorous intimacy develops as we open towards each other, sharing our thoughts, feelings, fears, doubts, desires or erotic fantasies.
When we talk to each other about the problems in the couple relationship, we must make sure never to criticise the other from the sexual point of view and never to use the secrets we share against each other. Full of playfulness and spontaneity, we aim to show the being we love what we like and what we most want to experience erotically, using the most creative and original methods. For this, we will choose a relaxing moment, when we are rested and full of energy, without being pressed by time or disturbed by something from outside.
We will go to the bedroom with the being we love and start caressing each other, touching in different ways, such as with the lips, tongue, fingers and body parts, as we become more and more familiar with the other’s intimate parts. Afterwards, we will tenderly confess to one another how and where we like to be touched and kissed, especially in the most intimate areas. We will thus experience erotic pleasure in a most complete and transfiguring manner, enjoying all aspects of sexuality. In this way, we value each discovery we make about the being we love, at the same time as being aware of our own erotic uniqueness.
Article taken from www.yogaesoteric.net
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See each other as two opposite, but complementary seasons
By Gregorian Bivolaru, Yoga Teacher
Any love relationship based on transfiguration and sexual continence is at the same time an amazing wonderful journey, in which both lovers carry in their luggage many secrets, often unexpected.
Let’s remember how happy we feel in the first stage, when we discover the small or the big secrets of the other one. Her favourite flowers or his/her favourite perfume, the colour he/she likes best, the colours that fit his/her cloths best, the almost unique smell of the skin, the softness of the hair, certain anatomical secrets specific to his/her body, certain ineffable pleasant states that we feel when we are close to him/her.
In the second stage, we feel deeply touched and enchanted by the other one’s closeness and the influence of his/her auric subtle field on our aura. We instantly feel his/her thoughts and states, when he/she is at distance and he/she thinks of us full of love and longing. Other time we guess and perceive intuitively, with anticipation that he/she will come to us unexpectedly, and then he/she shows up. We admire the way he/she sleeps, we contemplate his/her facial expression or we admire his/her sensual, charming or nonchalant position, straight or twisted, with the hands on the chest, like a saint.
All these are intimate, delicious aspects, which bring us very close to the other one and allow us to merge in a mysterious, profound and ineffable way with him/her. Above all, we are bewildered by the love and happiness that penetrates everything in the presence of the beloved being. Then, we are fascinated by the paradisiacal magic of making love to him/her, we feel his/her transfiguration and frenzy and we emphatically enjoy the states of happiness that he/she experiences. We savour voraciously, in amazement, the euphoric states that appear when we experience the avalanche effect after lovemaking.
In this way, months pass, years pass, followed by other years. The time of the two lovers passes, implacably, season after season. If they are extraordinary happy, for them, time passes extremely fast. Certain cycles succeed each other: summer, autumn, winter, spring. For the loving couples that make love with transfiguration and continence, seasons pass calmly or slowly, and for those who are extraordinarily happy, time passes extremely fast.
The two yogi lovers who are very happy are amazed by everything they have done extraordinarily in all these years, by all the beautiful memories they gathered. You must always remember that experiences – especially love experiences are the most valuable “treasures” we can take with us when we leave this world forever. Knowing this, we must always seek for wonderful states, for happiness, joy, enchantments, refined pleasures, high spiritual states, mystical experiences, love.
We should never forget that the only “treasures” we can take when we leave this world forever are the extraordinary experiences, the wonderful, overwhelming states of love. When, at a certain point, we want to make a review, we notice with surprise, together or separately, how fast and in what way the time has passed, next to the beloved being. In such moments, we notice with lucidity and detachment that, within our love relationship, eventually all that is left are the experiences, the memories and, for most superficial human beings, so many forgotten things…
Regarding the remembering of wonderful experiences, it is necessary to say that, especially in the case of the women who do not transform enough, from the spiritual point of view, when they are involved in a couple relationship, they forget that which they should remember and they remember especially that which they should forget.
In the moments when, full of lucidity and detachment, we make a review of the love relationship we are in, we should consider first of all how happy we were, how happy we are, how often we experienced together spiritual experiences, how close we got to each other, how much we awakened in our inner universe the glorious androgyny state, due to the magic, complementary presence of the other one, how good friends we have become with each other, how intimately and profoundly we merged in the different invisible subtle spheres of our beings, how empathic we have become, how much have awaken within ourselves, due to this love relationship, certain paranormal abilities, how intensely and profoundly our souls have merged.
Generally speaking, each such review made with lucidity and detachment must outline that within that love relationship there was and there still is great happiness. In the case in which, when we make the review of our love relationship, with lucidity and detachment , we notice that happiness has disappeared long time ago, being replaced by much sufferance, tensions, struggle and all kinds of torture, we can doubt the existence of the so called love couple we are involved in. In such a situation, we can doubt the existence of love, either in us or in the other human being we are together with in that relationship.
If in such moments of lucid analysis we suddenly have a state of enlightenment which makes us understand that in our so called love couple there is no love or the love has disappeared long time ago, we must stop immediately, because to carry on in this way will only nourish and amplify our masochistic tendencies. Such situations appear especially when only one of the two beings loves and the other one benefits in a vampirical way of the love that is given to her, without her feeling and manifesting love for the other one. When we face such a situation, we must realize, lucidly, that if we continue in the same inertial way to maintain such a relationship in which there is no mutual love, all we do is to prostitute ourselves. However much we love, if the other one does not love us back, such a relationship is pervert and then the human being that indulges in it becomes a prostitute.
Taken from "Essential love secrets for the yogi couples that aspire to be happy", by Gregorian Bivolaru
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By GREGORIAN BIVOLARU, yoga teacher
In the same way that there is the energy of love, the energy of happiness, the energy of joy, there is also the divine energy of forgiveness, with which we can enter in a state of occult resonance.
In the same way that love attracts love, joy attracts joy, also forgiveness attracts forgiveness. In order to bring the state of forgiveness into our inner universe, we must attract the divine subtle energy of forgiveness in our being.
The special state of sensitivity that love causes us to experience, as well as the relative vulnerability that abandonment and surrender to the human being that we love brings, both of them lead, in some cases to suffering. In certain situations, it is possible not only to unwittingly cause suffering to the human being that we love, but it is also possible to be exposed to suffering ourselves. Such situations, in which some human beings face certain suffering, caused by love, are almost inevitable. But it is essential to remember all this suffering in fact highlights our inability to stay detached.
Those who are truly able to become detached will never be touched, and that is why they will never suffer from love. But let’s see what can be done for those who, due to their inability to be firmly detached, suffer or feel hurt because of love. To those unable to be detached, love causes certain wounds and suffering in their soul. The sovereign remedy that heals everything is as simple as it is irresistible: the divine energy of forgiveness.
Looking at reality from the perspective of lex talionis – the principle of “an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth” – each human being has the right to take revenge. She has no reason to forgive. But forgiveness is not only a welcomed action of physical therapy. At the same time, it is an operation that reveals the soul, which is hiding beyond the broken heart.
Each human being who suffers has faced aspects, situations and experiences which seem unforgivable at first sight. All these awaken in her the huge desire to pay back, to take revenge. There is no doubt that if such situations, which we can at the same time perceive as spiritual lessons and initiatic tests, did not exist, we could never truly learn what forgiveness is. Nevertheless, we must forgive.
When we truly succeed to forgive, this forgiving that appears does not necessarily mean forgetting (the complete suppression from our memory of the deed or the action that hurt us) and it also does not mean that we close our eyes (playing dumb). To forgive does not mean to absurdly pretend that nothing happened (finding all kind of speculative or ridiculous reasons). On the contrary, to forgive means to examine the suffering or the wound in a lucid and detached manner, from all aspects. Eventually this wound will be healed completely through the divine subtle energy of forgiveness, which brings simultaneous effects at the level of the soul.
In order to be able to forgive, we must attract in our inner universe, through invocation, the divine subtle energy of forgiveness. This is done by asking for God’s help, honestly, humbly and full of love. In such a situation, after we have consecrated the fruits of that action to God the Father, we will ask Him to bestow within our being the divine subtle energy of forgiveness. Standing, facing east, we will inwardly utter the following simple and efficient prayer: “DEAR GOD, HEAVENLY FATHER, I BEG YOU WITH HUMBLENESS TO BESTOW UPON MY BEING YOUR DIVINE ENERGY OF FORGIVENESS. I BEG YOU TO HELP ME TO TOTALLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY FORGIVE ALL WHO HAVE TRESPASSED AGAINST ME, WILLINGLY OR UNWILLINGLY. I THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO MY PRAYER AND FOR YOUR HELP. AMEN.”
We will utter this simple prayer at least seven times and each time, at the end of it, we will feel our being filled, from up downwards, through the top of the head, with the divine subtle energy of forgiveness. When this flow of divine subtle energy of forgiveness stops, we say the prayer for the second time and we continue in this way each time we utter this prayer.
At the end of these utterings, we think intensely of the being that we wish to forgive and the actions or situations for which we forgive her. Then, we feel how the divine subtle energy of forgiveness has an ineffable action, which brings us a specific state of inner release and purification, which shows that the divine subtle energy of forgiveness has succeeded in this operation of annihilation. At the end, we will have the possibility of checking the efficiency of forgiveness through the presence of a state of complete detachment in our being from the aspects, actions and situations which have caused us sufferance or pain, as well as from the being that triggered them.
If we notice that there are still certain strange tendencies, which show that the process of forgiveness was not completely finalized, we repeat the procedure described above, until we feel clearly in our being that specific state of complete detachment that we spoke about.
In the following we offer a second efficient method that allows us to forgive with the help of the divine energy of forgiveness. Also with this method, it is extremely necessary to utter the prayer we have presented in this chapter at least seven times before applying it. Then, after we have charged our being very well with the divine subtle energy of forgiveness, we will move on to the next step, and we will aim to apply the second method, which we present in the following.
Let us see now what will be the way to act in order to forgive? First of all, we will aim to put ourselves as well as possible into the “shoes” of the one who hurt us or who made us suffer. Maintaining ourselves in the position of the one who hurt us, we will aim to think lucidly and with detachment what we would have done if we were in his place, in exactly the same circumstances? Especially in that moment, we have to ask ourselves, with maximum lucidity and detachment, how we would have reacted.
Immediately afterwards, we will start to examine the person that caused us sufferance or pain, outside the context in which she had offended us, placing her, with the help of creative imagination, in a completely different context and frame. For example, we will aim to imagine what the person we want to forgive looked like when she was a child or, even better, we will remember as exactly as possible a certain situation or circumstance in which, at a certain point, we met and we got along very well.
At the end of this operation of visualization we remain with the eyes closed, interiorized, and then we aim to open our heart completely, at the same time invoking God’s help and asking Him to fill our heart and being with the subtle energy of His infinite compassion.
At the end of this action we must perceive that state of detachment that we have mentioned. When it is taken to a good finalization with the help of the divine subtle energy of forgiveness, attracted in our being from the Macrocosm, forgiveness represents a double warranty. It releases the human being to which it is given from the feeling of guilt and at the same time it removes the specific sadness, suffering, tensions and contractions, which are constantly maintained within the respective being, if she does not forgive.
It is necessary to add that, additionally, forgiveness that is taken to a good finalization with the help of the divine subtle energy of forgiveness presents the one who is forgiven in a new light, which is the mysterious light of love, and not of judgement. The state of detachment that is established shortly afterwards, when forgiveness was accomplished successfully, shows that, without a doubt, we succeeded to forgive completely. If the state of complete detachment does not establish, we will go through the process several times, until we will succeed. We can add here that when we start to act with the divine subtle energy of forgiveness, it will be harder in the beginning. Then, as we gain the necessary experience, it will be much easier to forgive, each time using the divine subtle energy of forgiveness for this. As we have shown in the beginning, forgiveness always attracts forgiveness. The process of occult resonance that is triggered then is inevitable.
In conclusion, it is very important to understand that when we do not forgive a human being that hurt us, the state of torment and suffering remains constantly in our inner universe and it generates an occult resonance which feeds that suffering until the energy of forgiveness annihilates those wounds, that suffering, and makes them disappear forever. While judgement contracts the soul and exposes it to endless suffering, forgiveness removes these wounds and suffering instantly and, bringing peace, it allows the soul to blossom.
Fragment taken from the book: "ESSENTIAL LOVE SECRETS FOR YOGIC COUPLES WHO ASPIRE TO BE HAPPY", by Gregorian Bivolaru
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For a couple that makes love without continence, the orgasm lasts for about 10 seconds. If this couple makes love 6-7 times a month, this means 65 seconds of orgasm a month… 13 minutes per year, in total! On the other hand, if we estimate how much time a human being spends thinking, imagining and developing fears, worries or hopes about those 13 minutes of pleasure, we obtain a much bigger amount of time, in terms of hours or days. Therefore, the actual orgasm is fully worth being studied more carefully by each one of us!
As we have described in other articles, there are big differences between lovemaking with continence (without losing the sexual potential), as it is applied by the yogis initiated in the secrets of Tantra, and ordinary lovemaking (without continence). If we make a graphic diagram of the intensity of amorous experiences, the differences are even more obvious.
In books about sexuality, the so-called “orgasm curve” is often presented. The energetic increase during lovemaking describes a curve which, presented in a simple way, can be expressed as follows: “We distinguish 4 stages: excitation, plateau, orgasm and the end.”
In the first stage, “the games” of foreplay awaken erotic desire, also generating a state of excitation. This manifests through the erection in men and the vaginal lubrication in women. In the plateau stage, the erotic tension determines the acceleration of the breathing rhythm, generating a global state of toning. In the third stage, the excitation focused initially in the genital area begins to spread in the entire body, rise to the head area. In this moment, called the “point of no return” (which must be avoided by those who want to learn to practice continence), there is a loss of the conscious control, and a series of genital muscle reflex contractions occur, which result in ejaculation in men and the explosive loss of orgasmic secretions in women. After the discharge of the sexual potential, the body calms down and relaxes. Because of the huge loss of energy that results after the ejaculation, any erotic stimulation, meant to produce a new orgasm, is impossible in the next few minutes. This stagnation period is longer in the case of men then in the case of women.
Following the Tantric path, we notice with delight that the experiences during the lovemaking with continence are more intense and more durable than in the case of lovemaking without continence. One of the essential differences between the orgasm with discharge and the prolonged orgasm is that the period during which the level of excitation is such that the man (or woman) feels that the ejaculation (discharge) is about to become inevitable, is prolonged indefinitely, thus making a separation between the actual orgasm and ejaculation.
Another aspect that makes the difference between a man’s and a woman’s amorous involvement is the following: during the lovemaking, the woman does not have a precise direction, she does not aim to something in particular, she just experiences the intensity of all the erotic sensations and perceptions. The woman needs more erotic involvement in the first 2 stages of the lovemaking. If she tries to accelerate her own orgasmic curve in order to satisfy the man, she is at risk of losing contact with her own sensations. In this situation, both the man and the woman must know their own rhythm and at the same time to take into consideration the other one’s desires and feelings. Thus, the entire amorous game can be described as a real erotic dance in which the two lovers are the two leading characters.
Another important difference is that of rhythm, in which the feminine orgasm is reached after a longer period of time. Feminine orgasm has an implosive orgasm, while the masculine orgasm is explosive. Due to the differences in the time needed for each of the lovers to reach orgasm, the necessity for the man to become able to control and suspend the ejaculation becomes obvious.
As a conclusion, it can be said that the feminine and masculine orgasms are different from each other in terms of frequency and the level of implication: women reach orgasm with more difficulty, but when they do, they live it with their entire being, expanding their experience to the emotional and mental level; men reach the state of orgasm quite fast, but in the first stages they only experience it very intensely in the body, physically. Thus, in order to reach the prolonged orgasm simultaneously, the woman will have to stay in contact with the sexual excitation so that she can reach orgasm more often, while the man will have to open more on the energetic level, in order to extend the energy resulting from the orgasm to his entire body and being.
The orgasmic curves, both in men and in women who make love with continence are as follows:
In the prelude stage, the fundamental energy of the being, Kundalini Shakti, begins to awaken, producing states of ecstatic delight in the beings of the two lovers, of much amplified sensuality. The focus is mainly on the pleasure of the senses, on the sexual sensations, on amorous experiences and excitement. The orgasm reached at this stage is experienced at the level of the force centres Muladhara Chakra and Svadhistana Chakra (this is the type of orgasm experienced most often by human beings).
When the sublimed energy reaches the level of the force centre Manipura chakra, the two lovers will experience states of expansion, freedom and burning passion in their beings. These feelings become more and more refined, transforming through the process of sublimation into affectionate states, such as the states of giving, tenderness and daintiness. The orgasm experienced at the level of the force centre Anahata Chakra leads to amplification of the state of detached love, reaching the state of profound peace and inner balance. The communion between the two lovers is intense and refined; practically, erotic satisfaction begins to disappear, being replaced by a complex fulfilment of a very intimate affectionate nature. The experiences become even more refined and profound when they reach the level of Vishuddha Chakra. The orgasms will be experienced cosmically; subtle perceptions of the music of the spheres will appear, states of inner purity, divine inspirations and perceptions of the elevated subtle levels. From that moment on, everything dilates, having a more smooth consistency, the focus of the energies being in the area of the head, dynamizing Ajna Chakra. At this level, the capacity of control in the mental level is amplified; the intelligence is dynamized, both lovers experiencing clairvoyant abilities. The differences between them disappear; their beings merge and expand into the infinite, embracing the entire universe. Then, they reach totally cosmic orgasm.
From another perspective, Gabrielle Roth, who dedicated 10 years to study dance in different cultures of the world, makes an analysis between the 5 stages of dancing and the moments of the orgasmic curve.
The fluid stage: dancing begins with a fluid rhythm, like the water, the movements are round, wavy, successive, flowing. In the lovemaking, this stage corresponds to the prelude. It is the stage full of desire, generating a state of excitation in both lovers. This stage is closely connected to intimacy, letting the feelings free, following the inspiration of the moment and opening us towards sweet and relaxing aspects of sexuality. If we start with the second stage immediately (abruptly), with the most active aspects, without going first through the prelude, we would become tired very soon.
The abrupt stage: the rhythm is pulsating, full of energy, with sudden and powerful movements, in the drum beat, the movements being separated from one another.
In lovemaking, this is the stage where the sexual tension increases, where the breath accelerates. The second stage sometimes has an aggressive character. Many people tend to avoid this stage, not being able to understand its energetic charge. If we do not breathe deeply and we do not focus on the ideas and though more then on sensations, we will not succeed to control the energy and we will only have a fast orgasm and this is it. One of the fundamental principles of conscious sexuality is to overcome our limits, constantly aiming to prolong, to deepen and to explore the ecstatic states.
The chaos stage: in this stage, in the dance, the movements are out of control, they become automatic, daring, vibrating, involving the whole being.
In lovemaking, the energy of the two lovers loses a precise direction, the excitation from the genital area begins to spread in the entire body and culminates with the orgasm. In order to maintain control in the chaotic stage it is necessary that we are very much aware of ourselves. Only a powerful, lucid being can face a moment of chaos with the certitude that she will be able to quickly return to the orderly world of consciousness. A weak being always lives with the fear of losing control. This is also the most profound stage, where you meet the best in yourself, where the ego begins to melt. To successfully enter this stage and to completely experience the state of orgasm, it is necessary to be consciously involved in the first two stages.
The lyric stage: it is the stage when the dancers feel very light, as if they were on a cloud that guides them in the dance, without any effort. Their whole body is pierced by sensual ardour.
In lovemaking, this is the moment when we find ourselves in the arms of the partner, our body still maintaining the echo of the pulsations experienced. The lyrical phase is proportional to the abrupt stage: the higher we reach in the abrupt stage, the more we can deepen in the lyric stage. Many people do not succeed in orienting themselves in this stage, passing through it too quickly or not having reference points to relate to.
The peaceful stage: serene and relaxed, the dancers express the movement through simple gestures, rather static, but being permeated by the shiver of the energetic charge they have just experienced and which still fulfils their entire being. They feel clear and content with what they are.
In lovemaking, we have the impression we can stay like this for hours, we are still full of energy and subtle sensations, peaceful and calm in the outside. The 5th stage, the peaceful stage, is a product of the first 4 stages. If we realize the previous stages with our entire beings, peace will come by itself, it will fill us in, will feed us and it will give us a very concrete, very profound sensation of being, feeling united with ourselves and with the loved being. At the end of the lovemaking we will reach a profound state of intimacy and the accumulated energy will stay for a long period of time.
Therefore, we can understand why the Tantric wise men said that while ordinary man decays and is exhausted because of uncontrolled sexuality, the continent yogi, knowing these secrets, will become elevated and will be happier. At the same time, he will progress spiritually through lovemaking, which, instead of making him tired, will regenerate him, allowing him to keep his vitality and inner mental power almost untouched. The human being, who will follow this advice, will thus be able to transform ordinary sexuality into a sacred act.
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Ten faces of kisses
Motto: “Two faces gently touch. The mouths meet and tenderly go deep one into each other. The eyes are closed; the souls surrender and expand into endless euphoria. This is the mysterious and sublime grace of the kiss lived by the couples in love.”
A kiss is more than a lips touch. It’s a heart touch. A frantic kiss full of love can instantly drift us into a heavenly, mysterious, charming realm where our bodies seem to melt with each other, in love and devotion.
In most of the cultures the kiss is closely related to the intimate affective communication and is considered a sacred thing. In Chinese and Indian traditions the couples could seldom be seen kissing each other in the open. A while ago, kisses hardly occurred in the Indian movies. Known in Tantra as “the contact of the superior gates”, the kiss leads to a deep consonance between the bodies, minds and souls of the two lovers.
Our lips are crossed by countless nervous heads, hundreds more than at the finger tips for instance. In the lips and mouth are, there are also a series of glands that release chemical substances during the kiss, meant to increase pleasure.
Using famous ancient secrets of the oriental tradition, modern sexologists concluded 10 different ways of kissing.
1. The kiss bathing
Sexologist Anne Hooper describes in “The Latest Sexual Guide” the pleasure of the lovers to exceed the lips area when kissing. She introduces the steps to have this genuine kisses bathing which the whole body will enjoy, up to its most intimate parts. Start with the mouth and lips, and then go down to the neck and shoulders, gently touch the chest and arms. Don’t forget about the elbow tuck, which is a highly erogenous area. The gentle feeling of bites or pulling the body hair is also quite pleasant and inciting. Keep going on the belly, thighs and legs, but avoid for the moment the very sensitive area of genitals. One of the most erotic feelings is having every inch of the body excited in this way or touched as if by mistake, except the genitals.
2. The butterfly
Rumple softly your lips closed and swiftly cover your lover’s face with gentle kisses. Touch the soft skin of the eyelids, the forehead, the cheeks and wipe his/her face with the fine caress of the eyelashes as you quickly blink, like a butterfly flaps its wings. This will make his/her mouth come partly open and become highly responsive, says N. Lacroix, the author of “The Art of Tantric Love”. Sexologists say that a breathtaking kiss is a secret ritual that must be tackled gradually and not unexpectedly. “It is much more erotic to feel, to hesitate; the kiss is a seduction, an opening, a fusion” Lacroix concludes.
Kiss gently one by one the upper lip and the lower lip, then softly touch its lips by the tip of the tongue, all along from left to the right. Then change parts. This is a highly sensual preparing to relish the kiss at length. Don’t rush!
For this game, kiss each other as much as possible, trying to surprise. The winner is that one who succeeds to grasp gently the lower lip of the other one. This is funny, childish and surprising; it easily removes inhibitions and engenders a state of warm intimacy.
4. The close kiss
Seize the lips of the lover between your teeth and by every breath sip them, without biting them yet.
5. The Tantric kiss
In a warm, intimate atmosphere, save a few moments to feel your lover. Sit one in front of another, holding each other as you bring your lips close. When the two mouths touch each other gently, keep your eyes closed. Be as more aware of the beloved one for 7 seconds at least. You shall an extraordinary unifying feeling, covered by the magic of being in love as much as loved.
6. The stressed kiss
Kiss the lover’s lower lip, like a hunter playing with his game. He/she must reply at same intensity. You may vary the intensity and pressure. This highly passionate kiss allows you to feel your lover’s expectations in lovemaking.
7. The upper lip kiss
For a really inciting kiss, he should kiss his lover’s upper lip. The ancient Taoist Chinese and Tantric texts disclose a great secret. The woman’s upper lip is in close energetic connection to the sexuality centre (swadhisthana chakra).this is why many women feel shivers in their clitoris as they kiss or are passionately kissed.
8. The secret in the mouth palace
As you kiss by your tongue, go to the teeth and mouth palace of your lover.
Sexologist Zek Halu mentions secret yoga techniques that imply touching the mouth palace by the tongue in order to elevate the energetic level of your being. Similarly, as you touch the mouth palace of your lover, you help him/her to uplift the energy and thereby the lovemaking will be much more elevated and conscious.
9. The tongues play
When you kiss your lover, the play of your tongues can be utterly inciting. Try to sip the other’s mouth. This kind of kiss, highly passionate, can be an excellent way to show your lover that you want to make love with him and stir him when he is tired or busy. According to sexologist Patrick K. there are some correspondences between a man’s tongue and his penis.
10. The coming nectar
The most passionate kiss occurs right in the moment of orgasm, during the lovemaking, when she is on top and as she draws near the orgasm, she starts to passionately kiss her lover. Sexologist Nitya L. describes such a kiss: “exchange your spittle, let it drop like dew into his mouth”. The oriental Tantric wisdom shows that a woman’s spittle in orgasm has magic, healing qualities. This is why it is called nectar or the gods’ beverage. It harmonises the polar energies: masculine and feminine, yin and yang.
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The Tantric system is one of the best systems for the modern times, in which spiritual values are forcefully being replaced by materialism and ignorance is happening almost everywhere. Tantra is the spiritual system which, having a scientific side, manages to integrate perfection and the absolute in a practical and tangible way, staying always at the level of immediate reality, instead of sterile philosophical dissertations.
Tantra is a philosophy of life and a system of spiritual evolution, based on profound or initiatic knowledge of the fundamental laws of the Universe, a system that does not suggest denial of ignorance as being an illusion, but its replacement with adequate knowledge, based on direct and guided experience.
Tantra is a system that efficiently combines science with spirituality, revealing the mysteries of Creation and of the Universe that appear in light of this system being structured holographically, the part being integrated in the Whole and the Whole being reflected in each of its parts. Tantra uses the study of the fundamental laws for the study of phenomena and practical knowledge in order to replace rules and dogma. Tantra is based only on direct practical knowledge. For this reason, the Tantric system is a solution for the modern man to get out of the state of anxiety regarding life, a state that makes him prefer indirect experience, experience through different means and formalities, as opposed to direct experience.
The Tantric system considers energy as the fundamental basis. Energy is a movement born from the differences of potential. This difference of potential is actually the game of polarities, therefore it is important to approach polarity as a fundamental law. Everything in the Universe comes from the spontaneous and free game of the endless and ecstatic union between Shiva and Shakti, between consciousness and energy, masculine and feminine. In the human being, this divine game is best reflected through the force of attraction between man and woman and through the erotic dynamism that appears between them. Therefore, in the fascinating and mysterious game of the relationship between man and woman, we find all the secrets of universal dynamism, in the same way in which we find all the secrets of the galaxy condensed in the depth of atoms. For this reason, the conscious and initiatic involvement in a polar couple relationship represents more then an inevitable result of certain individual forces. It is also an expression of the divine game that structures the entire universe. For Tantric initiates, the couple relationship is seen as an open gate towards the great secrets of the universe, a chance to experience this secret directly and thus to understand it fully. The couple relationship is thus understood as the expression of the fundamental couple Shiva and Shakti, consciousness and energy. Any process, phenomenon or state is given by this divine game of energies. In order to have control over any states, phenomena or processes, it is necessary that the two fundamental polarities that support that state, phenomenon or process are balanced – the two complementary forces must be polarized by each other.
Taken from "The spiritual couple relationship", conference kept by Mihai and Adina Stoian in 2006, in Costinesti - Romania.
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A 3rd Serving of Chicken Soup for the Soul
by Fr. John W. Groff Jr
The old monk sat by the side of the road. With his eyes closed, his legs crossed and his hands folded in his lap, he sat. In deep meditation, he sat.
Suddenly his zazen was interrupted by the harsh and demanding voice of a samurai warrior. "Old man! Teach me about heaven and hell!"
At first, as though he had not heard, there was no perceptible response from the monk. But gradually he began to open his eyes, the faintest hint of a smile playing around the corners of his mouth as the samurai stood there, waiting impatiently, growing more and more agitated with each passing second.
"You wish to know the secrets of heaven and hell?" replied the monk at last. "You who are so unkempt. You whose hands and feet are covered with dirt. You whose hair is uncombed, whose breath is foul, whose sword is all rusty and neglected. You who are ugly and whose mother dresses you funny. You would ask me of heaven and hell?"
The samurai uttered a vile curse. He drew his sword and raised it high above his head. His face turned to crimson and the veins on his neck stood out in bold relief as he prepared to sever the monk's head from its shoulders.
"That is hell," said the old monk gently, just as the sword began its descent. In that fraction of a second, the samurai was overcome with amazement, awe, compassion and love for this gentle being who had dared to risk his very life to give him such a teaching. He stopped his sword in mid-flight and his eyes filled with grateful tears.
"And that," said the monk, "is heaven."
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