...this today or some other day please know that I was thinking about you and your family and hoping that you're all enjoying the day and counting your blessings.
You never know when you could win the lottery or have a direct experience of God laying His/Her hand on your shoulder.
I just actually wrote soldier when I mean to write shoulder, so I guess that means a big shout-out to all those active-duty (& Veterans) military serving overseas and especially in war zones. May you be reunited with loved ones soon and these damnable wars come to a final end without a moment's more delay.
~ I'm going up top the spirit in the sky ~
I recently came across an old essay I wrote for the Summer, 1995 issue of Green Egg Magazine, the publication of the Church of All Worlds, with which I had a relationship at the time. I decided to post it on my Open Salon blog, here:
Hope you enjoy it.
P.S., It so happened that just as I was about to submit it, Jerry died (still hurts to think about); so I added the epilog.
i would heartily recommend seeing her again, gonzo; i know in my heart that your heart is right!
sometimes an action, an expression, is so simple, that it releases so much goodness that the rational, analytical mind simply folds in on itself and becomes pure radiance.
i've never been in the presence of someone who can create such deep welling emotions that you find yourself crying uncontrollably. this is Amma.
her charitable work, her gentle understanding, her beauty, her compassion.
maybe it's shame and disappointment that hurts so; that one can feel and empathise on such a deep level but not be able, oneself, to be as open, vulnerable and beautiful as Her.
i know i feel it, but i can't do it. yet.
i must try harder.
may all beings be happy.
Thanks for posting Amma's schedule, Jonapi. I had a darshan with her 25 years ago quite by accident (OK, there are no accidents, it's all karma.)
I found the love vibe, the student devotion, and the instrumental section of musical players quite magical with the smell of camphor filling an entire hall.
I don't want to give the wrong impression. Amma is not a cult. The people aren't low-income space cadets who follow her. I do believe she MIGHT be a Hindu goddess though.
Maybe I'll go see her again.
Amma was in London recently, until yesterday and will be heading to the U.S. from the 20th November to 1st December.
Her schedule is here - http://www.amritapuri.org/yatra
Please buy the wonderful documentary by visionary filmmaker Jan Kounen -
"Attempting to change the world [completely] is like trying to straighten the curly tail of a dog. But society takes birth from people. So by affecting individuals, you can make changes in the society and, through it, in the world. You cannot change it, but you can make changes. The fight in individual minds is responsible for the wars. So if you can touch people, you can touch the world".
- Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma).
I didn't bother to see the movie but there are a lot of people out there who believe that 2012 will be a special year for our planet.
It just makes me want to max out my credit lines!
And many world developments certainly point in the direction, or continuation at worse levels, of most or all of these disasters.
Is there going to be a Reckoning in 2012?
Anybody out there with the bottom line please chime in!
It's already 11/13/11 and I have to start planning...
unreadable for some!!!
and no, it's not me!
Not only spam, but unreadable spam plague has hit today!
and happy birthday to Johnman for sure!