THE SEVEN VEILS, A Kundalini Meditation

DSC0020webTHE SEVEN VEILS, A Kundalini Meditation, can be experienced in its entirety ( 37 minutes) —  either listened to or downloaded, in the authors voice, at the website for the book, WEIGHT LOSS THROUGH YOGA, JEWEL IN THE LOTUS: www.weightlossthroughyoga.com. (look in the right margin of the Home Page)

The Meditation has been presented in thirteen parts on Facebook and as a blog.

SPIRITUAL CHILDREN — Grow Up!

INEFFABLE SELF — Weight Loss Through Yoga, Jewel in the Lotus

INEFFABLE SELF — Weight Loss Through Yoga, Jewel in the Lotus

It”s our nature to think we have a handle on reality. Our relatively recent ancestors, who thought illness could be cured with bleeding and the earth was flat, felt the same way. We have made comparative  strides in understanding aspects of the dimension we consider home, the physical universe. Rather than having it figured out, we’re made to realize: the more we learn, the more there is to learn.

Instead of seeking greater knowledge, we would gain more by seeking balance and coherence with what we already know. Things are a terrible mess. We know better, but continue to kill each other, destroy our mother planet and rob the future. We consider ourselves advanced in comparison to our forefathers? What is growing fastest is our potential to do harm. We’re all living lives so mundane as to be an insult to our children and those we claim to love.

We look to religion and leaders to provide solutions—so we can avoid the responsibility of doing the necessary work ourselves. Are you to muddle through this lifetime, the very shallowness of your existence an example to others?

You are this very moment part of an unimaginable rich presence. I say ‘you’ because you chose to think of yourself as that valuable, but minute, ego; a creature of the physical universe. You are a multi-dimensional being. The answers to ‘All’ exist within you—the complete You. It takes vision and commitment to set aside the illusion. It takes effort and it takes time. It takes courage.

There is a way, a clear path to your complete self, and a road map for that journey is offered in this book: Weight Loss Through Yoga, Jewel in the Lotus. This is a challenge! Take this opportunity to examine the book. Everything else you do pales in importance. Walk the path of transformation and fulfill the promise that is your birthright—now!

OUR BEAUTIFUL HOME ON THE PHYSICAL PLANE — Weight Loss Through Yoga, Jewel in the Lotus

OUR BEAUTIFUL HOME ON THE PHYSICAL PLANE — Weight Loss Through Yoga, Jewel in the Lotus

PARADOX

936210_515484665180425_488925915_nThe BHAGAVAD GITA lays out the yogic world view in the form of a tale of a prince, Arjuna, reluctantly facing battle. A manifestation of the godhead in the form of Krishna , acting as Arjuna’s chariot driver, explains why things appear as they do. Arjuna says to Krishna, “My mind is in confusion because in thy words I find contradictions”.

As you become more your self and see through your own eyes, the phenomenon of paradox becomes more prevalent.You exercise free will, but recognize a grand design and destiny. Things are the way they are supposed to be this moment, but they should be better.

This is a higher level of understanding. The world is trying to pin things down, but you perceive different strata of reality. Light can be both a wave and a pulse. Different dimensions have different rules. We can live in the same world, the physical universe, but, depending on our level of spiritual development, We experience different realities. Many teachers, Jesus as an example, perform what seem miracles, manifestations of a deeper awareness of the natural order. They tell us this is our birthright, to gain this greater awareness.

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EVERYTHING IS CONSCIOUSNESS

MANUAL OF TRANSFORMATION

MANUAL OF TRANSFORMATION

 

Compassion… inspired this book. Anyone can use yoga as a path for personal transformation. As it is now practiced in the West, yoga is mainly a system of physical exercise. While yoga postures are an important element, they are only a small part of the whole science of well being that yoga offers. Even a person paralyzed with spinal cord injuries can experience the physical, mental, and spiritual metamorphosis that is a result of a sincere, complete yoga practice.

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A YOGA ADVENTURE — What Goes Around, Comes Around

During the summer of 2010, I went on a tour of Northeastern India. The tour was presented by Know India Travel and was titled “Great Indian Religions and Cultures”.  Organized by Kelly McHenry who works as a librarian at Seattle Central College – in love with the country – she had led nine tours previously, mainly so she could share in the enjoyment of the experience.

The itinerary was planned so we explored mosques and temples of all the major religions and visited the Taj Mahal the final day. One thing that added so much depth to the experience was our guide, Dr. Arvind Singh. An expert on Indian religions, history, and culture; when we saw something exotic he could tell us what we were observing.

We flew into New Delhi and visited the beautiful Muslim Red Fort. On we traveled overnight by train to Amritsar, to the heart of Sikhism, the amazing Golden Temple. Then we took a long bus ride into the foothills of the Himalayas, to Dharamsala. This is the residence of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile.

To get there, we bused over winding narrow roads with spectacular views looking over cliffs deep into mountain valleys with the headwaters of the Ganges winding through. At one point we met another bus coming the other way, where some of the road had partly washed out. Our driver backed to the outside edge of the road to let the other bus pass by. Looking out a back window, I could see the very rear of the bus hanging over the precipice with the back tire only a foot from the red clay drop-off, down what looked like miles, into the valley below. The other bus passed and we continued up the mountain, business as usual.

We arrived in Dharamsala just before dusk, and our hotel was right where the road entered town. We had another fabulous meal and went to bed. I’m in the habit of waking at 4:00 in the morning getting up and doing some yoga and meditating. I wake exactly at 4:00 without an alarm. I was surprised, when we arrived in New Delhi near midnight two days before, that next morning – after a 17hour flight and half a world away, I still woke exactly at 4:00 India time.

After my yoga that morning in Dharamsala, being from Seattle, I started to look for a cup of coffee.  I walked out of the hotel and into the dusky predawn morning. I’d only gone a few doors when an old man left one of the houses ahead, waving over his shoulder to an elderly woman in the doorway whom I took to be his wife. Walking a few yards ahead of me, I was intrigued by his wholesome grandfatherly appearance.

Ahead and behind us, as if on cue, persons were leaving other residences and all walking the same direction with us. I soon noticed each person had a string of beads in their hand. After only five blocks, we started to leave town on a well-tended path into the woods. The spirit of the occasion caught me up and I continued along following the old man, who somehow seemed my guide. The dirt path wound through woods that had much the same appearance of mountain terrain in the Pacific Northwest. At intervals, at the side of the path, were rows of prayer wheels that each passerby would give a spin. To our left, between the evergreens, we looked out over deep valleys filled with fog. Some of the walkers were monks and by their dress, what I took to be the female equivalent. Most appeared householders. The trail wasn’t crowded with ten to twenty feet between walkers, but I noticed all seemed to be softy repeating “ Om…Mani, Padme…Hum”.

courtesy Fabi Castro-McLernon

Dharamsala, home of the Dalai Lama’s Temple Complex

After a long time, I began to wonder if this was a holiday and we were a procession to another village and made a silent plan to find a taxi on our arrival to get back to Dharamsala. After a good hour, we passed below the walls of what appeared a large temple complex, walked around the temple and into a town. I was taking in the strange narrow streets with seemingly crooked multi-story buildings clinging to the steep hillside as I wandered three blocks into town. Ahead I saw two persons who were members of my tour and for the first time realized we’d made a big circle and I was back where I’d started. Later I learned this walking meditation, this circumnavigation, is a ritual many of the local residents perform every day. The temple was Suglag Khang, the place of worship of His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama — Tenzin Gyatso.