Namaste, Divine Brothers and Sisters,
Those of you who follow such things know that Punxatawny Phil, the gopher, has predicted that the winter will last more weeks, so it seems appropriate to generate the sunshine within by chanting the mantras below.
The healing aspect of the sun is so enormous, and yet even many of the ayruvedic, Chinese medicine and other alternative practitioners are not aware of the efficacy of bringing in the solar energy to heal the body, mind, and emotions. It is certainly more potent than all those drugs advertised on tv without the horrific side effects told at the end of the ads.
I am writing this from Albuquerque, where I am preparing my new house for the Summer Retreat. I got a great contractor from Angie's List. In the past month, he has painted the whole house interior, tiled the bathroom floors and made a new large tile shower in one of them. There are new carpets in most of the rooms, which he supervised, and a large foyer/dining area in which he installed maple hardwood flooring. He has repaired the roof and fixed the swamp cooler, repaired some damage on the outside walls and painted one wall a bright terra cotta red. He has repaired plumbing and wiring and has a few things to finish up before starting the project to finish the workshop/puja/dorm building. I am really happy to have a home in Abq after more than 40 years of hoping. There are a lot of things to do and see here, including festivals at the pueblos and the hot springs at Jemez. More on the Summer Retreat soon.
In April, Satguru Rama Mata will join me in London for the Adventures of Sita and Rama, Co-Starring Hanuman. We will share the program, and she will teach the Hanuman Chalisa and sing a number of songs, as always. It is a rare treat to be in the presence of a genuine satguru, so those in the UK and the EU should do everything they can not to miss this opportunity of her darshan.
Prem & Shanti,
Healing Energies from the Sun
We all know that life on this planet depends on the light and warmth coming from the sun. Yet, we do not realize fully that the sun's rays bring us more than light like a light bulb and heat like a heater. The sun is a conscious divine being, a part of the great Brahman, and does his job to further creation by also sending out solar prana.
In Healing Techniques of the Holy East, Satguru Sant Keshavadas says of healing through the sun, "Sun is the Soul of the Universe . . . the life of the earth. Humanity and all creatures depend upon the Sun-God for their lives and for expansion. The rays of the sun have great healing powers. The sun's rays destroy the germs that cause sickness. In the Vedas, there are several prayers to the Sun-God to heal the diseases of the body and the mind. . . . There is nothing in this world that could be compared with sunlight in healing ailments. It has been found that even the deadly diseases like tuberculosis, cancer, etc., could be treated successfully through the solar rays in proper proportion. Vitamin deficiency, weakness, nervous debility and for several types of blood and heart diseases sunlight is the best cure when used proportionately and with meditation. [If you know and believe] in sun meditation[, you] need not take any drugs for any ailments. Sunlight properly utilized could be the medicine for all sickness.
"Face the east and chant this sun mantra which cures all illness and blesses one with health and prosperity, 'Om Ghrinihi Surya Adityom.' This is the declaration of
Suryopanishad from the Artha Veda.
"After bathing in the morning and performing sandhya-vandana or morning prayers, then one should do the
japa of the above Surya Mantra. During japa, one should feel that the healing rays of the sun are embracing you and curing all diseases of the body and mind. One should have intense faith that the solar rays are going to make you perfectly healthy and energetic.
"One who wants to acquire the darshan of Bhagavan Surya Narayana and wants to destroy karma and attain illumination should practice the Surya-Gayatri*."
Guruji then gives another more literal translation of the Mantra of the Month, below. "We meditate on Bhaskara, the shining sun, Divakara, the Lord of the Day. May that Surya, the Sun-God, illuminate our intellect."
I certainly recommend this mantra to any of my fellow SAD (winter blues) sufferers. I have chanted many malas of this mantra to beat those blues since the winter of 1981, when I first learned it from Guruji's book.
*There are a number of mantras which are in the Gayatri meter, having a certain pattern of the same words in all of them. The power of the meter gives extra shakti to them, i.e., Lakshmi Gayatri, Krishna Gayatri, so learning them is very valuable.
Mantra of the month:
Om Bhaskar'aya Vidhma'hae
Diwa'karaya Dhi Mahi
Tanno Surya'ha Pracho'dayat
O Shining One, pervade my being, my body, mind and emotions. Heal me, O Lord of Light--May the Light illumine me.
Chant the mantra at least 12 times. As you chant, feel that the Light of the Lord has entered your body and mind and has healed you. This mantra blesses you with perfect health of body, mind and emotions, and blesses you with beauty and joy.
(Healing Techniques of the Holy East by Sadguru Sant Keshavadas.)
Mantras for Healing the Earth
For immediate assistance.
Om Vighna Nashanaya Namaha
To relieve energy blockages especially for the Devas that work with the energies of the various species: wind, water, plant, bird, mammal, fish and human.
Om Ucchista Ganapatayei Namaha
To destroy negativity
Om Vakratundaya Hum
To correct something that is not working properly.
Om Dhumra Ketuve Namaha
To bring difficult circumstances under an umbrella of peace.
Om Gana Dhyakshaya Namaha
To bring healing to a group. In this case, the people harmed by the earthquakes and tsunami.
Om Kshipra Prasadaya Namaha
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To that end, he wrote and recorded a number of works. He also traveled to North America and the UK to teach workshops, which Satyabhama is now continuing.
Bi-annually, we lead a Pilgrimage Tour of India's Holy Places, visiting with the Shankaracharayas at Kanchi Math, Vishwa Shanti Ashram (our gurus ashram), and doing fire ceremonies in the Himalayas, among the highlights of the trip.
We have founded a religious organization, Sanatana Dharma Satsang, (a 501(c)3 nonprofit) which has opened a Gayatri Temple in Beaverton, Oregon. Plans are in the works to found temples with residential communities in Oregon, New Mexico, and other locations. The link to it is in the right column.
These works are offered in a spirit of service. We sincerely hope that they will further you on your path.
Prem & Shanti,
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March 2012 - Beaverton, OR; Tampa, FL; Keene, NH
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July 31-August 5
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