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21.04.2020


Today is the darkest night of this month. The monthly Shivaratri! The time around lunar stillness favors the stability of our lower mind and allows in this way access to the higher mental state of pure perception, which can extend and connect our consciousness to the universal mind (Shiva) and making it possible to experience as a result the essential truth behind any event in our life.

The lower mind is the concrete mind, which focuses on logic, reason and fact. It is never in the present, but always in the past and future. The lower mind is the representation of our ego. Because of the ego we are limited and are separate from universal power and truth. When we are born, we are still pure and unbiased. The ego arises with education, through our desires and idols. The ego is not our original self. The lower mind houses also negative thoughts and emotions. This is the part of the mind that knows no matter how difficult the situation is, we are loved, worthy and continuously protected and guided by the divine and God. This is the part inspired by beauty, vulnerable emotions, aspirations, ideals and archetypes.

The higher mind represents the pure knowledge and the divine in us. It gives us creative power and innovative solutions. It doesn't matter how something works or arises. Only the moment is important. No reaction, but a situation-related behavior without thinking about the past or the future. The higher mind surpasses ego, transcends boundaries and holds universal truths. It is the gateway to our soul and intuition.  

Shivaratri means, “Shiva” (cosmic mind) and “Vrat” (fast). Shivaratri is a good time to come back to yourself. Forgo all unnecessary things. Fast, if only in small batches. Meditate. And let a prayer arise from it. Your very own prayer. Be yourself a gift for the universe.

I like to sing these mantras on Shivaratri. It is not the usual "Om Namaha Shivaya", but for me it reflects the meaning of the day.

The "Asatoma" mantra comes from the Brhadaranyaka Upanishad). It means:

Lead me from the asat(untruth) to the sat (truth).
Lead me from darkness to light.
Lead me from death to immortality

“Shiva HUM” means the redeeming power of the Divine, but it is more a vibration)

20.04.2020

Soma Pradoshram, a very auspicious day to meditate and be aware of all what you do

Today another spiritual time window opens, which is called Pradoshram in India. Pradosham has three different energy levels, depending on which day of the month they occur. Each energy level indicates how much karma can be released at that time. The smallest energy level occurs every day 1-2 hours before and after sunset. The average energy level of Pradosham occurs twice a month - on the 13th lunar day after the new moon and after the full moon. Pradosham's greater energy level occurs when one of the 13th lunar days occurs on a Saturday. But that is not the case today. But tonight it's a little easier for you to bring light into your life. Pradosham is, so to speak, a gift from the universe to accelerate your spiritual growth and make your life easier and happier. Think about how the poisons of life, for example anger, jealousy, attachment and self-centeredness, destroy your joy and also (world) peace. Use the time tonight to just go inside. Stay hOMe! Go to your very own home! Shiva is worshiped at Pradosham. Shiva is a symbol of the divine. Shiva is a symbol of change. Birth, preservation destruction. Destruction of the illusions we put in our heads. Shiva is the infinite awareness that dwells in each of us. Don't forget: We are part of the whole!

Today also begins the time when you can best connect with nature. Become aware that you are part of nature. Nature and you are constantly connected with each other in an exchange. The time between Pradosham and the new moon (I always call the lunar silence this night) is particularly conducive to this experience. The moon's gravity creates a certain level of inertia on these days, and your body and energies are much more connected to the earth than on other days because it pulls them in that direction. Go barefoot through nature! Sit under a tree. Breathe. Touch nature with your hands. Let earth trickle through your hands. Eat in nature. If you can't go outside because of the lock down, go barefoot anyway. For example, imagine that your floor is a forest floor, a dirt road, or a beach. Maybe you have plants at home. Make a prayer with the plant. Not with words, but through a soul connection.
I like to wear black around the “lunar silence”. Black is an absorbent color. The spiritual energy that I now experience in the next few days in connection with (Shiva) nature is transmitted even more intensively. But be careful with negative energy; this is transmitted in the same way for black.
Have fun, energy and awareness!
Shiva HUM!


15-04-2020

Breath is life. Have you ever paid attention to how you breathe? You can make it a meditation! I'll explain that to you later, when I write extensively about pranayama. Now I'll show you a very simple breathing exercise that you can do even during a short break during the day. With it you can quickly come back into harmony with yourself.

Nadi Shodhana, the alternate nostril breathing

Sit down comfortably and straighten your spine. Personally, I like to sit on the ground to make contact with the earth. You can do this exercise just as well on the chair. Close your eyes and pause for a moment. Let your mind become quiet. Bend the index and middle fingers of your right hand into the palm of your hand. If you find it a bit difficult, hold the fingers steady with your thumb. Form the Gyan-Mudra with your left hand. The tips of forefinger and thumb touch, the other fingers are largely stretched. And put it on your left leg. By touching the two fingers, you connect with the Divine (see Gyan-Mudra). Now guide your right hand towards the nose and close your right nostril with your thumb. Breathe in with the left nostril. I do not think counting is so meditative, so I recite a mantra while silently. Short mantras such as "om namah shivaya" are particularly well suited. Recite it once and imagine that you inhale energy. Then close both nostrils with thumb and ring finger. Hold your breath and recite the mantra four times. Feel the energy in you. Then open the right nostril and exhale with it. Recite the mantra twice and release. Be very relaxed. Keep the left nostril still closed with your ring finger and inhale now with the right nostril. Now you inhale the energy in your right half of the body. Recite the mantra once again. Then close both nostrils with thumb and ring finger and hold the air. Feel the energy in you again. Recite the mantra four times. Now open the left nostril and exhale with it. Recite the mantra twice and release all disturbing things in you. Conduct this spiritual practice (sadhana) for at least 5 minutes. Keep your eyes closed. Do not let the outside world influence you. Be completely with yourself. Feel the change of your body and your emotions with every cycle. Nadi Shodhana always creates a peaceful mood in me. I suspect that it will do the same with you. Maybe not the first time because everything is so new. But it will happen.

2020-4-02

You've probably seen people who fold their hands together in front of their hearts and bow slightly. This gesture is part of everyday life in India and Southeast Asia, but it is also increasingly practiced in the West. Often silent. This gesture is called Anjali-Mudra. The gesture is better known under Namaste or Namaskar. These are also the words with which the gesture is strengthened and what you want to express with it: "I greet the divine in you!"

Anjali-Mudra (Atmanjali-Mudra)

The divine flows through everything that exists. The source of creation works in every cell and atom. Whether in nature, in animals, plants, stones, water, air, earth, planets, stars, the universe or in us humans. Have you ever thought about it? There is neither good nor bad for the divine, neither higher nor lower. There is no ranking because everything is part of the divine. Everything contributes to the whole. If you are aware of this fact, it goes without saying that everything around you is valuable. So why not express this with a gesture? Namaskar (Namaste) is a very easy word to learn and it's so easy to fold your palms together. And yet it has so much effect. And don't forget: The gesture also reminds you that the source of creation is in you too! In the beginning, it may just be fun to practice Namaskar/Namaste. But the more you become this gesture yourself, the closer you get to your own nature.

Your hands are full of energy. This is because there are so many nerve endings. If you consciously put your palms together, you will feel this energy. Basically, opposites combine at this moment. Your female side (left) with the male side (right). The energy of the moon with the energy of the sun. Yin and yang. The Anjali Mudra is therefore a mudra of harmony.

My own everyday world is permeated with "Namaskar/Namaste". For me, the Anjali Mudra is an important part of living impartially in the here and now. I greet the divine not only in living beings, but also in my food and in objects. At this moment I am also aware of how many people have given me their strength that I now have this object. Or how many people contributed to my food. And above all: nature, which is nothing but the divine, gives me every new day that I can experience. I am grateful and express this through Namaskar/Namaste!
Give it a try! Namaskar!




21.03.2020

Osho explains the true meaning of Vedic mantras in a modern way

“Mantra is good to make peace with your Mind.”~ OSHO

Osho never spoke against the use of mantra. Indeed he recommended chanting of mantra for a sannyasin who is starting with the meditation process. A mantra is like lighting your place with candles, scented sticks and flowers to create the right ambience to perform your own rituals. A mantra is having a vibrational effect on your mind and prevent the mind from wandering. Osho also emphasized that there is a time when you should eventually discard the use of mantra in your sadhana. This is necessary to get yourself free from any kind of attachment. He always suggested using mantra when your mind is wandering and you need some tool to stop mind wandering.

Osho very well described the effect of some mantra such as


AUM or OM, PURNAM, ASATOMA, SAT-CHIT-ANADA, HARI OM TAT SAT, SATYAM-SHIVAM-SUNDARAM, OM MANI PADME HUM, BUDDHAM SHARANAM GACCHAMI and OM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTI.

So these mystic sounds are for me THE OSHO MANTRAS!

OSHO said that he chose these mantras as the most significant, the most profound. He explained the meaning to us, because only the meaning will help that these mantras work deeper within us. These meanings will not only touch our hearts, but also our intelligence. And you need to be touched in your entirety to transform yourself.


 

18.03.2020

(quote of the week from OSHO)

crisis or opportunity”

Osho once said that you always dream, you imagine beautiful things for the coming days, for the future. And in moments, when danger threatens, you suddenly realize that there may be no future, no tomorrow, that this is the only moment you have. Disasters are very educational. Disasters bring nothing new to the world; Disasters simply make you aware of what the world is like. Disasters wake you up.

If you don't understand that, you can go crazy.
If you understand it, you can be awakened.



09.03.2020 "Happy Holi"

HOLI,  the Indian "festival of spring", the "festival of colours" or the "festival of love".

Osho says, “When Holi comes, and we sing and dance, breaking all bounds and throwing off our normal codes of conduct. On that day, we throw all our morality, rules and etiquette to the winds; for one day our river flows, breaking all disciplines. But do you think that a river that flows for one day of the year is going to reach the ocean? And even this one day is only an apology for the real flowing; it is just a mockery of our real selves!” And he continues, “Look at nature: there is Existence enjoying Holi every day, and celebrating Diwali daily. In nature the colors flow afresh every day, new flowers open each morning. Even before the old leaves fall, the new buds are bursting out and the new shoots are springing up. The festival does not stop even for a moment – it is non-stop, every moment is Holi or Diwali. Such will be the life of a religious person. He will be festive each moment – he is grateful that he is. His every breath is an expression of gratitude and benediction.”

Holi is one of the oldest festivals in India. On this day, all barriers by caste, gender, age and social status seem to be removed. It is celebrated boisterously and you sprinkle and throw each other with colored water and colored powder, the gulal. The color powder originally came from certain flowers, roots and herbs that have a healing effect. Today synthetic colors are often used. Of course, they are no longer healing, but harmful. Nevertheless, the colors are still consecrated on the altar in the sacred sense in the evening before Holi.

Like most Indian festivals, Holi has a religious background. The Holi Festival has its origins in the Hindu sagas of Prahlad and Holika. Prahlad was born the son of the demon Hiranyakashyap, but developed into a staunch believer in the god Narayana. This was a thorn in his father's side and so he sent his sister Holika to kill Prahlad. Holika has a sari that protects her from fire. So she set herself on fire after her nephew Prahlad took a seat on her lap. Her plan failed because, according to legend, she was unaware that the sari could only protect her if she came into contact with fire alone. But not with someone. To complete the victory of good over evil, Lord Shiva saved Prahlad from the flames as a reward for his faith.

Like all festivals, Holi is very complex in its meaning. In the spiritual realm, as can be seen in the associated mythology, it conveys the message of the triumph of good over evil. In nature, on the other hand, it marks the victory of spring over winter, because the festival begins with the blossoming of nature. The reconciliation aspect is also an important point for people, because it means that old disputes should also be buried these days.

Therefore, the ceremony begins the evening before the color festival. In many places, large fires are lit, pyre burned to celebrate the defeat of evil. The next day is all about colors, celebrations and friends. People roam the city and visit friends and relatives. The most important thing: everyone really throws everyone with colorful paint or water balloons filled with colored water!

 “Bura na maano, Holi Hai!”

This is a mythological story about it, but the most attractive aspect of Holi is the licensciousness it gives to people to celebrate their lower instincts, to cathart and express whatever is suppressed in their unconscious, without feeling guilty. Osho once said: The Holi festival is just a catharsis for the whole country to throw out all nonsense. It is good, it cleanses. More days are needed because more nonsense is there. One Holi is not enough. In fact, every month a day for Holi is needed. ”

So why do we only celebrate Holi once a year? Every day is a festival day. Every morning we bloom anew, equipped with all the colors of existence. Let's drop old things to make room for new things. Let’s flow, flow to the ocean. Let’s not always take everything so seriously. Let us free ourselves. Let's just live consciously, responsible for ourselves!

02.03.2020

(quote of the week from OSHO)

“we are all great waves of the ocean”

“We are all great waves of the ocean. We may have forgotten it, but the ocean has not forgotten us. We may have so much forgotten it that we have no idea of what an ocean is - still we are in the ocean. Even if a wave forgets and becomes oblivious of the ocean, it is still in the ocean - because the wave cannot exist without the ocean. The ocean can exist without the wave - maybe it can exist without the wave - but the wave cannot exist without the ocean. The wave is nothing but waving of the ocean; it is a process, it is not an entity.

It is just the ocean delighting in its being. God in His delight peoples the earth; God in His delight peoples existence. It is ocean searching ocean - just playful. It has tremendous energy.”~OSHO

13.01.2020

(quote of the week from OSHO)

“each man is a dewdrop of existence”

If we can understand a single drop of water, we have understood all the water that exists anywhere. And each man is a dewdrop of existence. If we can understand one man … and the easiest and closest is your own existence. Once the mystery is understood, once the door is open, you now know that you are just a dewdrop of the same ultimate reality that pervades the whole existence. Then there is no death, no fear, no greed, no lust. One lives in absolute freedom, bliss and benediction.” ~ OSHO


06.01.2020

(quote of the week from OSHO)

“Meditation is nothing but the art of opening up to the beyond, of coming to terms with existence, of feeling home, at rest.” ~OSHO






01.01.2020

learn to say thank you. Not loud. Inwardly, with a joyful heart

To be grateful with all your heart - a sadhana, but it's not just a spiritual practice, it's a spiritual being


Sometimes I feel like people have forgotten what they actually possess. Not only what material goods they have, but also things like freedom, health, the ability to do anything. Dissatisfaction - where I look, where I listen, where I look, there is dissatisfaction. I find that very sad. It touches me. Have you ever thought about simply saying "thank you" for everything you are experiencing, what you are doing and what you have? Perhaps you are asking yourself now: what does this mean for me? what does it do to me? And my answer is: give it a try! Do it and you will feel how good it is for you. I speak from my own experience. I started to smile. You cannot imagine how many beautiful things you come across. You become aware of what you have, what you can do, what happens to you. You will be amazed. It's almost childish behavior. Innocent.  

I got this “sadhana” from Osho. Years ago I had the idea to use "thank you" as a mantra prayer. Inspired, of course, by my beloved Guruji. For him, "thank you" was the real, the true mantra, prayer. In Tibet, the mantra "Om Mani Padme Hum" is omnipresent. You can find it on rocks, in temples, etc. and on or in the prayer wheels. In these wheels, there are rolls printed with thousands of "Om Mani Padme Hum". If you now set the wheel in motion, the mantra will be amplified a thousand times and carried out into the world. We had a prayer wheel in the shop that no longer had a prayer roll inside. My idea was: I wite on a roll of paper an infinite number of "thank you" and put it in the prayer wheel. But somehow I still haven't found any time, but for the "thank you" in everyday life.

Osho encouraged me to learn to say thank you. Not loud. Inwardly, with a joyful heart. I thanked for little things. I just thanked for everything. For example also that I can move my hands, that I am able to lift one leg, that I can go upstairs, that I can breathe. I thanked for my food. I thanked all people, plants and circumstances that contributed to the fact that I had this food on my plate at all. I thanked the wind that touched me. I really thanked for everything. And by that I mean EVERYTHING. Of course, it makes more sense that you thank yourself for beautiful things. But I have learned that the negative experiences have made a difference in me. They made me grow spiritually. The "thank you" didn't come at the same moment, I'm honest. But in retrospect. Thank you...

30.12.2019         

(quote of the week from OSHO)

It is joy to be, because this is our home and we are not accidental.

„The whole world is dominated by a dark cloud of alienation. And the reason is, that we have forgotten a simple truth: existence loves us. Hence we are: we are its love-products. Its love is the very base of our life. We can’t breathe without love. Our hearts will stop beating without its love. Its love is our existence. But because it is so close to us it is easy to forget about it. There is no distance between it and us, hence we can’t see it and we become oblivious of anything we can’t see. It has to be consciously remembered and, as the remembrance deepens, all alienation disappears. The dark cloud is no longer found and the world is full of sunshine. It is joy to be, because this is our home and we are not accidental.

We are absolutely essential, we are needed. We are serving some greater purpose, something greater than we are, something bigger than we are.” ~ OSHO

23.12.2019         

(quote of the week from OSHO)

“Drop the idea of becoming someone, because you are already a masterpiece. You cannot be improved. You have only to come to it, to know it, to realize it.” ~OSHO






17.12.2019         

(quote of the week from OSHO)

 compassion is the highest form of love.

In compassion you simply give. In love, you are thankful because the other has given something to you. In compassion, you are thankful because the other has taken something from you; you are thankful because the other has not rejected you. You had come with energy to give, you had come with many flowers to share, and the other allowed you, the other was receptive. You are thankful because the other was receptive.

Compassion is the highest form of love. Much comes back – a millionfold, I say – but that is not the point, you don’t hanker for it. If it is not coming there is no complaint about it. If it is coming you are simply surprised! If it is coming, it is unbelievable. If it is not coming there is no problem – you had never given your heart to somebody for any bargain. You simply shower because you have. You have so much that if you don’t shower you will become burdened. Just like a cloud full of rainwater has to shower. And next time when a cloud is showering watch silently, and you will always hear, when the cloud has showered and the earth has absorbed, you will always hear the cloud saying to the earth “Thank-you.” The earth helped the cloud to unburden." ~OSHO

09.12.2019         

(quote of the week from OSHO)

“Fall in tune with life.

Go along with it with no personal, private desires,

with no ideas how it should be.

Let it be as it is, and you relax.” ~OSHO



02.12.2019         

(quote of the week from OSHO)

“To be sensuous means to become aware of the circumference, and to be spiritual means to become aware of the center. Sensuousness is the beginning of spirituality. Become more and more sensuous; that is the way of being alive.” ~OSHO





26.11.2019

 (quote of the week from OSHO)

“Zen is the purest of meditations: just sit silently, doing nothing.” ~Osho

 






18.11.2019

(quote of the week from OSHO)

"Remain in the world, act in the world, do whatsoever is needful, and yet remain transcendental, aloof, detached, a lotus flower in the pond.” ~OSHO






11.11.2019

(quote of the week from OSHO)

Say “Hello” to a tree -  hug a tree

Have you ever said, “Hello,” to a tree? You yourself would think that you are going out of your mind. Have you ever touched a tree with love, the same way you would touch your beloved? Have you ever hugged a tree? You are missing a whole world of sensitivity that surrounds you, that is available. Slowly, slowly, you will start feeling that when you say hello to a tree…of course, it cannot respond in language, but it will respond in some way. It may start swaying even though there may be no wind. When you touch it lovingly, just a little acquaintance is needed, and you can feel that on the other side there is not something insensitive, but something which is far more sensitive than people are. The tree will be sending its energy, its warmth to your hand. If you hug a tree, the world is going to think you mad. But all the trees will know that there is still hope for man; there are still sensitive people. And hugging a tree, you will find more sensitiveness, more lovingness, than you can find even hugging your friend or your beloved, because your friend, or your beloved are full of tensions, anxieties, agonies. Trees are absolutely innocent; their consciousness is as pure as the purest sky, unclouded.” ~ OSHO


11.11.2019

Have you ever made a prayer out of eating?

Eating as a spiritual practice

When I came to Bali for the first time, I wondered why the Balinese eat quickly and all by themselves. For them, it seemed strange to talk during a meal. Food was not necessarily a social event, unless a big party took place. Then there was a ritual meal, but even there, the individual people sat alone and ate completely for themselves. (In the meantime, of course, that has changed a bit.)

When I started to study Ayurveda much later, I realized why the Balinese had such a very different eating behavior than I knew from the West. They eat consciously, concentrated.

That fascinated me. Gradually, I learned how to turn food into a spiritual practice. It is always important for me that I try everything first. Then I feel from my own experience what is right for me. Knowledge and regulations, experience and own actions - these are very different things. So in the end, listen to your heart...

28.10.2019

(quote of the week from OSHO)

experience life in all possible ways

“Experience life in all possible ways, good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light, summer-winter. Experience all the dualities.
Don't be afraid of experience, because the more experience you have, the more mature you become." ~OSHO


25.10.2019

Dipavali /Divali, festival of light and peace

ॐ  सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः  सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः    सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु
मा कश्चिद्दुःखभाग्भवेत्   ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः

Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah
Sarve Santu Niraamayaah
Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu
Maa Kashcid-Duhkha-Bhaag-Bhavet
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih

(Om. May all living things be happy. May all be free of disease. May everyone care about the welfare of others. May no one worry. Om. peace, peace, peace)

Today begins the five-day Dipavali Festival! Dipavali, also called Divali, means "fairy lights" and is one of the most important festivals in India. Dipavali gets its name from the fact that fairy lights are placed everywhere during the festival. In earlier times, oil lamps were placed side by side so that they formed a string of lights. Today electric lights are often used in a variety of colors. The cities of India are turning into seas of lights. Although the origin is in Hinduism, today it is a cross-religious festival. Because no matter which God you believe or if you are looking for your own truth: it is the light that leads us out of the darkness. There are many legends about the origins of the festival. But I do not want to write about that here. For me, Dipavali is a good occasion for deeper meditation on the divine light and for a prayer of light for all humanity. So Dipavali is a symbol of light. And light connects people and awakens compassion and charity in their hearts. I remember an evening in Malaysia. Hundreds of people from so many nations and cultures of the world stood in front of the huge Petrona Towers and waited together for the fascinating night lighting. We laughed, were happy and talked. We were just people without reservations. And we all waited for the light. It was an outward light, but basically, it represents the yearning to see our original light again. Dipavali can be a start to forget enmities, disputes, conflicts, quarrels and reservations. Let us lovingly hug and approach each other. Let us turn away from the destructive path of hatred.

Conflicts are not just external. How many dark corners are hidden inside ... Dipavali is a good occasion to go within and “sweep there”. In the depth of the heart shines the most beautiful and intense light ever. And yet we do not see it because of obstacles and dust. Sit down silently. Close your eyes, because there are so many temptations to be distracted outside. Find out the way to your soul. Experience a true Dipavali: the light in your heart!

21.10.2019

(quote of the week from OSHO)

The Heart Knows Everything

“Looking at a sunset, just for a second you forget your separateness: you are the sunset. That is the moment when you feel the beauty of it. But the moment you say that it is a beautiful sunset, you are no longer feeling it; you have come back to your separate, enclosed entity of the ego. Now the mind is speaking. And this is one of the mysteries, that the mind can speak, and knows nothing; and the heart knows everything, and cannot speak. Perhaps to know too much makes it difficult to speak; the mind knows so little, it is possible for it to speak.” ~OSHO


14.10.2019

(quote of the week from OSHO)

To Be Happy Is Just To Be Natural

“When you are happy you are ordinary, because to be happy is just to be natural. To be miserable is to become extraordinary. Nothing is special in being happy – trees are happy, birds are happy, animals are happy, children are happy. What is special in that? It is just the usual thing in existence. Existence is made of the stuff called happiness. Just look! – can’t you see these trees?…so happy. Can’t you see the birds singing?…so happily. Happiness has nothing special in it. Happiness is a very ordinary thing. Misery makes you special. Misery makes you more egoistic. A miserable man can have a more concentrated ego than a happy man. A happy man really cannot have the ego, because a person becomes happy only when there is no ego. The more egoless, the more happy; the more happy, the more egoless. You dissolve into happiness. You cannot exist

together with happiness; you exist only when there is misery. In happiness there is dissolution.”


12.10.2019

On the full moon day, let us honor the completeness of the moon and all life!

Purnama Sasih Sadha


I spent a lot of my life on the island of Bali, and when I was not physically there, I was still mentally engaged in their culture. Tonight is full moon and I remember that the full and new moon days have special importance for the Balinese. In Bali, it's all about balance, harmony and peace. The Balinese pray not only to the gods but also to the demons. So they do not exclude darkness from their lives. Light and shadow form a harmonious whole. This is also reflected in their art, in their dances and simple in their lives resisting. It is an acceptance of light and dark, joy and sorrow, benevolence and malice. Sometimes everything is brightly lit, sometimes everything is dark. And tonight the great moon shines in the sky. In Bali, the full moon is called "Purnama". But "Purnama" also means complete, infinite and perfect. Each of us likes to look up to the full moon, is not that so? Unlike the sun, the moonlight is gentle and harmonious. It is a transformed light. In the light of the moon lies magic and somehow I feel the light of the moon as a kind of blessing. The same is true of the Balinese. The moon god Soma gives the living beings on earth light in the darkness. He reminds us that it is not dark in us but bright. Our very own light of the soul.

Every full moon day is honored by the Balinese people, by making offerings of fruits, cakes and flowers, dressing appropriately, visiting their local temple, reciting mantras and scriptures, as well as prayers, rituals and meditations. The connection of the Balinese with the spiritual world, the gods, demons and ancestors is very, very strong, so that they create their offerings with the utmost attention to detail and a loving spirit of gratitude not only on full moon days, but every day! I was very inspired by them and followed this tradition for a long time. Through the connection to my beloved Guruji Osho I let go of all traditions, but after I became "empty" and heard my inner voice, I know that the Balinese and Advaita worlds are mine.

Since then, I'm tinkering again. Now, I do not call this an offering, but a "gratitude gift". Personally,I think it's great when we honor the completeness of the moon and all life on the full moon day.  And maybe I could inspire you with that!
There is a Vedic mantra that nicely expresses this completeness:

Oṁ pūrṇam adaḥ pūrṇam idaṁ pūrṇāt pūrṇam udacyate.
Pūrṇasya pūrṇam ādāya pūrṇam evāvaśiṣyate.
Oṁ. Śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ.

“Om Purnam is one of the most significant statements ever made anywhere on the earth at any time. It contains the whole secret of the mystic approach towards life. This small sutra contains the essence of the Upanishadic vision. Neither before nor afterwards has the vision been transcended; it still remains the Everest of human consciousness. And there seems to be no possibility of going beyond it. The Upanishadic vision is that the universe is a totality, indivisible; it is an organic whole. The parts are not separate, we are all existing in a togetherness: the trees, the mountains, the people, the birds, the stars, howsoever far away they may appear – don’t be deceived by the appearance – they are all interlinked, all bridged. Even the smallest blade of grass is connected to the farthest star, and it is as significant as the greatest sun. Nothing is insignificant, nothing is smaller than anything else. The part represents the whole just as the seed contains the whole.” ~ OSHO

"Purnama", I have a special relation to it. Because in Bali I lived the last 22 years in the “Jalan Pantai Purnama”, in the street of the “full moon beach”. A beautiful memory. I was really complete there!




11.10.2019

"Hindus say, Anam Brahma – food is divine. So with deep respect you eat, and while eating you forget everything, because it is a prayer. It is an existential prayer. You are eating the divine and the divine is going to give you nourishment. It is a gift to be accepted with deep love and gratitude." ~ OSHO

Eating and preparing food as a spiritual practice

In the course of my life I have learned to listen to my body. I've developed a fine sense of what's good for me and what's not so good for me. Eating and preparing food have become a healing, spiritual practice for me. I understand that I am only "healed" when everything I eat, everything that surrounds me, and everything that I do, is healing. So I consider food as a cure. Food has to nourish and heal me. So I exclude a lot. How can artificially created food heal me? How can sugar cure me? How can something that has been treated with chemical toxins cure me? How can something heal me that has been mass-produced in a factory? How can anything heal me if it was produced even under the most adverse circumstances? How can something heal me if it grew up joyless? Food is one of the holiest gifts that gives us the existence. That's why I feel obliged to keep the soil on which my food grows clean. Our earth is so precious. Unfortunately, it is destroyed by greed.  

I live according to yogic principles and of course that includes "Ahimsa". "Ahimsa" I will later devote an entire article. For me it is impossible to describe "Ahimsa" in a few words, otherwise you would misinterpret it. In this article I just want to express that my life is characterized by harming no living being. That's why I do not eat anything that could come from an animal. I also make sure that plants do not necessarily die because I want to eat them. I grow salad and herbs myself and let them grow out, come to bloom. I only take the leaves that I need in one day. This is a small example.
Each food can only give me what it has got and was allowed to experience. A plant bred with love passes on love. That would certainly be the same with animals and maybe that was how it was, but where do you find these animals today? Even in organic farms, this does not happen. Maybe there are exceptions. Certainly. Each food contains its own personal history. Everything that has been given him by nature or processing, it carries within itself and transmits it. That's why I pay attention to where my food comes from, and most of the time I do not like it when it's too much processed.

 

07.10.2019

 (quote of the week from OSHO)

This is the only world, and we have to live now and here.

This is the only world, and we have to live now and here. We are not to sacrifice now and here for some fantasy of a heaven or a paradise or moksha. We are not to sacrifice the present for the future – that is stupid because the future is born out of the present. If you kill the present, you are killing the future too, because you are killing the mother and the mother is pregnant. You are killing the child too. Each moment functions as a mother for the next moment. Condemning it is dangerous. Appreciate it, love it, rejoice in it.


28.09.2019

Today is "Mahalaya Amavasya Shani" and I would like to use this special day to officially announce my new website. It is a spiritual website that I want to use to inspire other people. I am in the middle of everyday life. Osho called this a "market place" and yet I lead a spiritual life. That is my simple way: I just make something sacred out of worldly things. On this website, I tell about my experiences, spiritual practices, yoga, mantras, my guruji osho, my guru, nature - but I also guide the visitor to the mysterious world of Asia with photos. I speak openly about my feelings or experiences and I am also open to anyone who has questions. This website is very important to me. Rather, the page is like a river, just as life is. Every week I will post anything that matters to me.

Mahalaya Amavasya Shani is known as the new moon day.

A few years ago I asked a well-read friend why this day is called "New Moon Day", even though the sky is black. There is no moon at all. And do you know what he had answered me? "Let's call the day just moonless-silence or Lunar Stillness!"
And since then the day for me means "moonless-silence"! Mahalaya Amavasya, the Day of Lunar Stillness, is the day on which I express my gratitude to all previous generations of people who have contributed to my life. That's how I learned and adopted it from the Hindus, because I feel that it's very beautiful. So many generations have lived before me and I owe all of them how I live today. Let's not always look at the bad. Everyone makes mistakes, even our generation. But we can learn from the mistakes. Let's start very small with ourselves and in our environment. I am grateful for everything that others have created for me. There are languages ​​with which I can communicate, houses offer me protection. How many people have tested my food, whether you can eat it at all? These are just a few examples. Nothing is self-evident in my opinion. Everything is a gift and for that I am grateful. Not just today, actually every day. There are only a few exceptions. But of course they exist. I'm not enlightened!!! The Hindus have special rites that they practice today and in the days before. These include donating food to poor people, fasting, spiritual practices, and reciting mantras. It was originally also a day off. I am not for imitation. For me, it's important that something happens out of my heart and that's how I express my gratitude. Just be thankful, in your own way.

For me, the "moonless silence" is a good day to make new spiritual resolutions. It's a day to empty myself, so I have room for the Divine. It's a day to start something new. And that's why I chose the day for my announcement of the website!
I invite you. Experience my Lotus World! Be welcome!

The day of the "moonless-silence" is always on other days of the week. This time it's a Saturday, that's why it's called "Mahalaya Amavasya Shani". Shani is Saturn and this is a planet that is also associated with darkness in astrology. Many people fear and anxiety. After two years of own darkness, I know that just this darkness has allowed me to grow spiritually. I am very thankful and appreciate this period of life. Shani is a guru who has put my way of life to the test. Now I am ready for the light.
In this sense, enjoy my website!

With love, Ma Prarthana Nisarga




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(Hari OM means: May our hearts be interconnected and aware that we are part of a cosmic whole. May we contribute something together to the Cosmic Whole!)

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