I am made of this velvet mystery
An ancient place of worship
Here, in the velvet mystery of my heart

Soham. I am that.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

A new compassion

"Being one with everything is called Great Compassion."
~Venerable Master Bhikshu Heng Tso


I have a new, immediate and deep feeling of compassion for people who are suffering. There were layers over my heart that have slipped away.

I pray for those who have lost so much.

I also recommend donating to the Red Cross if you can. The Red Cross is the largest relief agency in the world. They help earthquake victims and refugees from violence in North Africa, as well as those in many other places who need to somehow find home and safety again.

One of many asylum seekers that brave the perilous trip across the Mediterranean,
his face full of determination and a desperate humanity

Amatrice Italy (earthquake)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

All this bliss

Bliss... bliss... Who is giving me all this bliss on my dear Lord Krishna's birthday?

Prayers for Italy

I am thinking of and praying for the sweet members in the human family who have lost so much, and those who are working so hard after the tragic earthquake in Italy, as well as all people displaced and homeless due to war and strife.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Happy Kirshna Janmashtami 2016!

Happy Birthday Dear Lord Krisha!

Jai Govinda

Lord Krishna is playing his flute for Radha

Chiang Mai Yi Peng Festival and Mae Jo Lantern Release in Thailand

Novice monks release sky lanterns during the Yi Peng Lantern Festival at Wat Phan Tao in Chiang Mai Thailand, held in mid-November.

View more photos on Roy Cavanaghs Thaizer website (thanks!)

HH the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje (1924–1981)

The 16th Karmapa was a dynamic, world wide influence similar to other spiritual masters who expanded their lineage of spiritual paths and teachings into India, Asia and the West. These include Swami Muktananda, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Parahamsa Yogananda, Osho and Lakshmanjoo.

The Karmapa lineage is the most ancient tulku lineage in Tibetan Buddhism, predating the Dalai Lama lineage by more than two centuries. 

"Mahamudra meditation aims at actualizing this true nature of mind, allowing the mind to settle in its uncontrived naturalness where there is, in fact, nothing to remove and nothing to achieve because it is pure and perfect in itself at all times. The essence of this practice, along with the complex tradition of philosophy, epistemology, ritual, and meditation, has been transmitted in the Karma Kagyu tradition until the present day."
(From History of the Kagyu lineage on Wikipedia)

"Yet despite this ignorance and its workings, mind’s true nature is always pure. It is buddha nature, unceasing emptiness and luminosity free from all afflictions and defilement." ~ Saraha 

More about the Karma Kagyu lineage and the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje here
More about the Karma Kagyu lineage and the 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje here
More about the Karma Kagyu lineage controversy here

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Karma Triyana Dharmachakra

I had the darshan of such a sweet, strong and steady consciousness when I visited the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Buddhist monastery in Woodstock New York

Reaching to the Guru

Radha Krishna

My newfound sense of rest and delight comes from the Guru.

I feel these things are the birthright of every being. But I have been mistaking the source. If my freedom was delayed, and now arrives. If I have finally through my own efforts pushed aside discomfort and fear. It is not accurate to think that such blessings are here and in reach because of anything except the Guru.

Instead of trying to hold onto this ease, this profound clarity. Instead of reaching for them. My sadhana is now to accept wherever I am in this cycle of consciousness as having, losing and becoming.

Keep my mind out of the way.

Do not try. It is not a "do."

Accept, and reach to the Guru inside.

Tend to my state. Notice. Allow.

Now. Everything is now.

Accept, and reach to the Guru inside.



Forever and ever... closer than close

Shree Guru

A beautiful being whose entire life is one of boundless love and service

Swami Muktananda

Muktananda and Nityananda

Swami Lakshmanjoo

Baba Hari Dass

I visited Babaji's ashram and had his darshan in 1999 just before I moved to Shree Muktananda Ashram

Swami Chetananda

Sri Kaleshwar

I always experience a sweet, calming darshan when reading the
Sri Kaleshwar email newsletter and visiting their beautiful website.

Sri Mata Amritanandamayi

Mahāmandaleshwar Swami Nityānanda

H.H. Gyalwang Karmapa

Swami Vivekananda

Sri Anandamayi Ma

Paramahansa Yogananada

Sri Ramana Maharshi