I am always humbled by the power of Sanskrit Mantras in difficult situations. They have the power to turn any situation into a blessed one. After a challenging conversation with an ex this morning, my heart was hurt, my head was reeling and I felt at sea as to what to do. After decades of practice, I have learned to turn to my practice of Mantra repetition when in distress, so thankfully my mind turned to their rescue. Quickly , I jumped into my Meditation [...]
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I was was walking through the Olive groves today and I stopped to hear a bird sing. It's melody was so delightful, so melodious, I came immediately to such a still place inside myself. There were no other sounds for me - just this little bird's song. I realized in that moment, that a beautiful creature like this tiny bird sings his call and everyone understands it. There is no translation needed, no dictionary to look up nor neighbor to ask what is he singing about..... [...]
Today I am going to start a 40 day Mantra Discipline that will end on New Year’s Eve. I am chanting for Abundance, Peace, Health and Spiritual Realization in the New Year for all. Will you join me? Starting today the discipline will end on New Years Eve. Here are the Mantras I will be doing: 1. Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha 2. Om Gum Shrim MahaLakshmiyei Namah 3. Om Vakra Tundaya Hum 4. Om Shri Davantre Namaha 5. Om Vajra Sattwa Hung 6. Om Astai Shvaryayei [...]
Sometimes, when I allow my life to become over busy and experience too many demands on my time and attention, I forget for a little that the Divine lives within me and that I am an expression of that. I can get caught up in the moment. Luckily, I have created a habit of practice. I am so grateful for this habit as it allows me to go deeply into the experience of my Divine’s love for me and my love for the Divine. We are [...]
The spiritual path is really all about falling in love with your self. Though that sounds like a pun on words, it’s a very deep understanding to entertain. Many people feel that spirituality is something they have to reach for. Something outside of themselves. This is a mistaken way of looking at things. Connecting with the Divine, which at the core of it, is the real you – is more about discarding beliefs, false identifications and patterns than attaining something. One could say it’s about accepting [...]
So many people ask me about what a guru is. On the spiritual path it is one of the most crucial questions one needs to have clarity of, or at least some good guidance, otherwise it sets us up for trouble and possible heartache. There is only one Guru – the great grace bestowing power of the Divine. This aspect of the Divine has many names but is beyond all names and concepts. That’s the first thing to get straight. It is not a person. That [...]
Most people get the reason why we meditate. They can understand it’s relevance to the spiritual path – going deeper into one’s own being. Also, with the practice of Mantra repetition, once they understand how these spiritual sounds effect us, they can easily see how important Mantra repetition is to our spiritual sadhana or path. But when it comes to seva – people can get confused. Seva is the simple task of offering our time and talents to our highest ideal without any expectation of anything in return. One [...]
Today is Maha Shivaratri and the crescent moon that appears on this the 14th day after the New moon in February/ March every year is especially powerful to those who chant Mantras. The crescent moon is so identified with Shiva and so this morning I got up at 4:00 a.m. to shoot the waning moon. Any Mantra you perform on Maha Shivaratri will be multiplied by 1,000 times! Especially those that honor Shiva or Parvati/Lakshmi. Every month, Shivaratri is the 14th day after the new moon, as I mentioned, it [...]
Some people come to the spiritual path through working with Sanskrit Mantras to change their relationship with and experience of Abundance. So for that reason, I love working with people that wish to transform this part of their lives, and to see the changes that can happen in their lives if they are willing to do some work. Often when they see the changes in their bank account, and also the shifts in their consciousness, they are hooked and they want more of the spiritual benefits. This is [...]
The holidays are a crazy time of year for many. All the hustle and bustle of office parties and buying gifts, the dread or excitement of spending time with family members. We sometimes can get caught up in thinking, yet again, that our source of happiness lies outside of ourselves and so we get slack and lazy with our spiritual practice. Ah! Samsara…. she’s so seductive. For others, the Holidays are a time of sadness. Maybe they lost a loved one during a past holiday season. Or they find [...]