A tumultuous Summer is nearly over, but we got through it. The three eclipses shook things up, and my phone rang often with the question "What the bleep is going on?" On the third eclipse, 8/5, we were at Far Horizons and all of us participated that evening in a Planetary Puja and remembered each of you. We all felt much better afterwards and hope you did, too. Then we did an all-day Maha Shakti puja and on Saturday evening (8/8,) we did a Panduranga-Rukmini/Vishnu-Lakshmi fire ceremony. As we had done with the Planetary Puja, we used the energy of the mountains and sent out the blessings of the ceremonies to all the devotees especially and to all the world for peace.
I pray for God's grace on all of you, the people of light, who by your presence on the the planet and your dedication to noble values, will heal the world from the woes brought on by the selfish ones. May all of your difficulties be resolved in a peaceful and fulfilling way. And may your laughter bring joy to everyone around you.
In Service with Prem,
2012: Oh My God! - Not
There is so much blather about 2012 out there that it's hard to know just what is in store for the planet. I am not one of those who thinks it is the end of the world, nor do I have a feeling of gloom and doom. Then what will be happening? First, I do not claim to exclusive prophetic foreknowledge of events and conditions. I don't think that has come in detail to anyone, but there are many who have received bits and pieces. Some have observed scenes of earthquakes and fierce storms in that year. There may be some of those, but my thoughts are they will be isolated. They may even be created by the subconscious fears of the collective unconscious of humanity . . .we do have that power. So what bits and pieces have come to me?
We know that the Mayans were sun worshippers. They followed the cycles and energy of the sun and were fairly knowledgeable about the sun and other things as well, but their historical records only went back so far. The sun, according to the Eastern knowledge, has twelve distinct vibrational periods that it cycles through. Each period lasts 12,000 years, for a total of 144,000 years for the complete cycle. From what I have read, the Mayans had an extensive history spanning thousands of years, but it did not go back for 12,000 years. They did accurately understand that a sun cycle period was ending. However, because they did not have enough historical perspective, they couldn't know that what was ending also had a previous beginning, and that which was ending would be followed by another beginning. So what is ending and what will be beginning?
The period ending in 2012 is the 12,000 year period of the Aditya vibration. This is the light and energy of the sage. This is usually, but not always, a solitary figure, husband-wife team, or very small community of knowledge-bearers. The sun energy has been fueling this sagely activity for all of those 12,000 years. In 2012, the energy will shift to the Savitri vibration, which is the energy of enlightenment. This enlightenment is open to anyone and everyone. It is much more egalitarian in character than the Aditya vibration, which means that MANY more people will achieve significantly higher states of spiritual attainment in the next 12,000 years than in the previous 12,000 years. It is nearly a 180 degree shift in the availability of spiritual advancement.
Since we are in the ethers of the new sun age, and have been for over a hundred years, we have a little bit of perspective. The early 20th Century had such luminaries as Helena P. Blavatsky, Rudolph Steiner, Helena and Nicholas Roerich, and others. In their wake came Alice Bailey, Earlyne and Robert Chaney, Sir John Woodroffe, and many others. These teachers of wisdom opened a new door for what would become New Age studies. Then in the late 1960s and the early 1970s, Yoga Centers founded by swamis who were students of Sivananda of Rishikesh, Satchidananda and Vishnu Devananda, began to spring up all over the United States, while in Europe, the Divine Life Society was founded by Swami Chidananda, another of his students. Astrology became much more popular in the U.S. as esoteric teachers such as Alan Leo and Dane Rudhyar gained readership. In 1974, Sadguru Sant Keshavadas began to initiate Westerners in the venerable Gayatri Mantra for illumination. As many of you know, some of his students, including me, have continued this tradition of initiation into practice of the Gayatri Mantra.
This mantra is universally recognized by Hindu mystics and pundits as the summum bonam of mantras. Those who have taken my workshop, "Samadhi, Enlightenment and the Gayatri Mantra," have heard the widespread comments of praise concerning the superiority of the Gayatri Mantra from more than a dozen highly evolved and knowledgeable Hindu masters. They state unequivocally that all powers and all states of consciousness are contained in this mantra. The Gayatri Mantra is also chanted by a number of Buddhhist sects.
Because we are on the verge of entering a new 12,000-year sun cycle period, this mantra will provide extraordinary power and speed toward the goal of enlightenment and subsequent liberation. And this power will be available to anyone. So rather than being apprehensive about the years 2012, I am actually looking forward to it.
As an added positive factor, the earth is entered a period of increasingly beneficial energy for spiritual pursuits, beginning with the Piscean 2000-year period, which was marked by the birth of Jesus, and it will continue for the next 10,000 years. Now, we are in the Aquarian period, which will be even better. This is a completely separate phenomenon from the sun period. It has to do with a positive place in the 24,000 years cycle or yuga. This is a big subject that I won't go into at this time.
The bottom line is that TWO very positive forces will be in play for the next 10-12,000 years: New earth and sun cycles. During this period, many of you who are reading this will achieve very high spiritual states and status. I salute you all.
In the 1970's, song writer-singer Biff Rose wrote a beautiful lyric to one of his songs: "The Stars shift position and I'm in charge again." To me this means that we, the children and adults of light, will have spiritual wind in our sails once again.
Not surprisingly, the mantra of the month is the Gayatri Mantra.
|Om Bhu(r) Om Bhuvaha, Om Swaha|
Om Maha , Om Janaha, OM Tapaha, Om Satyam
Om Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yonaha Prachodayat
"Of all mantras, the supreme and the most potent power of powers is the great, glorious Gayatri mantra. It is the support of every seeker after Truth who believes in its efficacy, power and glory, be s/he of any caste, creed, clime or sect. Gayatri is an impregnable spiritual armor, a veritable fortress, that guards and protects her votary, that transforms one into the divine and blesses one with the brilliant light of the highest spiritual illumination." Sadguru Sant Keshavadas said in his book, Gayatri, The Highest Meditation.
Gayatri is represented by 5 Goddesses in one: Lakshmi, Saraswati, Durga, Radha/Hladini (divine bliss) and Bhu Devi (the Earth plane spirit.)
Photo of Gayatri murthi at the Gayatri Temple in Oregon.
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