Friday, July 21, 2017

We Forget

I have complete respect for the agility, sharp teeth, and claws of some sort.
Human photo bomb
A lot of great pieces have come together on this amazing spiritual path that I walk in India! Jai Guru! I was looking at the veil of the Western society and asking about the East vs. West approach to spirituality. The East often has more outward distractions, but more reminders in daily life, the West often has plenty of distractions and fewer reminders in daily life. The result of it all is we forget to go inward. The beauty of nature and an abundant life isn't enough for me at this point. It is the inward awareness that draws me the deepest. I was concerned that this pull often leaves me not seeing a reason to come back out. Death is okay even though that may sound harsh to many. Gurudev said no worries that it is a result of the deepening practice. All so interesting. Feeling at peace in my learning and in my homework. Grace. On to Portugal for a different education.


The ears are so special.


Amber Fort wall management.
A guest at an Iskon Temple in Delhi.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Monsoon Season


Jaipur







Enjoying the contrast between the outer storms in my walks and the inner depths while meditating.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Day of the Guru












Starting to understand why I am on fire in the presence of the Guru. Destiny. Timing. Nature of the Guru. Grace. So much to learn and open to. Thank you to the tutorial in India.

Diversity

Waiting for work.



On the way to work.

Heart Tug-Of-War



Instead of a heart crushing experience it is the tug-of-war of the heart expansion experience. The internal experience is remarkable. Past experiences give me confidence and patience to settle into the fireworks. A gift to have very few life requirements while this unfolds.

Tomorrow is a big day. Gurudev explained how he sits from morning until night with a long line of people (sometimes up to three hours) waiting to have the blessings of the Guru. 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Submerged

Lush landscape is refreshing
Peacock as a sentinel.

Random bird baths in nature.
A normal day of work for both species.
Micro details of the desert.

It is always a shock to be so deeply submerged in an energetic presence of a humble, quiet being. I live/work in beautiful aspects of nature, have many amazing friends, and experience a high level of health, but sitting with Gurudev is unlike anything else. Wake-up!!! Cluck-cluck says the Universe. As a westerner, I am still in awe of this unique experience. Pranam.

Nice timing  Bowl of Saki, July 6, by Hazrat Inayat Khan:

"It is the message that proves the messenger, not the claim."

Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

The prophet brings love, the love of God, the Father and Mother of the whole humanity, a love that is life itself. No words nor actions can express that love. The presence of the prophet, his very being, speaks of it, if only the heart had ears to listen. Verily, to the believer all is right, and to the unbeliever all is wrong.

The principal work of the prophet is to glorify the Name of God and to raise humanity from the denseness of the earth, to open the doors of the human heart to the divine beauty which is everywhere manifested and to illuminate souls which are groping in darkness for years. The prophet brings the message of the day, a reform for that particular period in which he is born. A claim of a prophet is nothing to the real prophet. The being of the prophet, the work of the prophet, and the fulfillment of his task is itself the proof of prophethood.

   ~~~ "Religious Gatheka 10, The Prophet", by Hazrat Inayat Khan (unpublished)

There was a time when the world was not capable of seeing. Humanity did not have enough realization to recognize the message, that is why the claim of prophecy had to be made. But now the world can recognize, sooner or later, what is right and what is wrong. The warner, the master, the messenger of today will not claim. He will only work. He will leave his work to prove for itself whether it is true or false.

There was a time when the message was given while the people were waiting for a messenger to come, as happened in the time of Jesus Christ, when there were thousands and thousands waiting for a messenger from above. The Master came, and gave his service to the world, and left again. Some realized what had happened then, and some are still waiting. But the one who claimed to be Alpha and Omega is never absent; sometimes he shows himself, sometimes he keeps in the background. ... The divine message is the answer to the cry of souls individually and collectively; the divine message is life and it is light. The sun does not teach anything, but in its light we learn to know all things. The sun does not cultivate the soil nor does it sow seed, but it helps the plants to grow, to flower, and to bear fruit.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

One Mountain Range To Another

Mount Shasta, Shasta, California
Each stop and each visit with friends/family are gems on the path to the airport. Now to continue internationally. First stop London. Second stop India. Third stop... Check marks on so many aspects of past and current life happenings. A blank slate ready to add new insights, wisdom, and events. Gratitude.