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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!

 

Mahalaya Amavasya 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.

The day of the "moonless-silence" is always on other days of the week.  On Saturday, 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.


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)

 

 


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!

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!

SOMA PRADOSHRAM

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!

Masik Shivaratri

The darkest night of a month is called Masik Shivaratri. 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.


 

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)