“Mystic Wisdom” Glimpses

Midnights with the Mystic: A Little Guide to Freedom and Bliss
by Cheryl Simone

Sadhguru – A synopsis
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev is the founder of Isha Foundation. He is a realized master, yogi and mystic from who embodies the universal truths of the great spiritual masters of east and west, which transcend religious divide. Through public talks and yoga programs, he teaches a unique perspective to all seeking a higher expression of life, inner peace, health and fulfillment.

As a world spiritual leader and spokesperson, Sadhguru inspires international audiences with his spiritual and cultural views on human values. His speaking tours and media interviews provide a forum for him to address hundreds of thousands of people on the synthesis of spirituality and science and his vision for establishing a spiritual foundation in all dimensions of life.

Sadhguru encourages people to evaluate and enhance their responsibility and contribution to society and the world. He affirms that it is only through individual involvement that we can change the world.

Sadhguru is a member of the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders, which he attended at the United Nations in 2000. As an active supporter of the World Council of Religious and Spiritual Leaders’ efforts to relieve suffering, foster harmony, and promote the dignity of all life, Sadhguru works to introduce people to essential changes in thought and action that support peaceful possibilities.

His initiatives for world peace and his outreach programs for life-term prisoners, destitute children and rural rejuvenation are internationally renowned. By working in harmony with all spiritual traditions, Sadhguru helps transform individuals as a lasting way to establish a peaceful and prosperous global society.

Born in Mysore, Karnataka, he graduated from Mysore University. He started yogic practices like pranayams and asanas under Shri Raghavendra Rao, popularly known as Malladihalli Swami.

At the age of 25, he had a spontaneous experience of the Self (Divine or Ultimate Consciousness) that completely changed his life. His source of wisdom comes from direct, inner experience.

In Sanskrit, “Guru” means dispeller of darkness, and “Sadh” means within. Sadhguru developed Isha Yoga, Yoga of the Divine, as a spiritual science for hundreds of thousands of initiates around the world to transcend the body and mind in order to reach the ultimate reality, the awareness of the essential divine nature within all human beings.

A glimpse of Sadhguru’s life and work can be had through the four books including Encounter the Enlightened, Dhyanalinga:The Silent Revolution, Eternal Echoes and a new release, Mystic’s Musings.

He is a great teacher and humanitarian who tirelessly devotes his life to advance human consciousness by helping individuals break through limitations into their natural unbounded state. In his own words, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev distinctly defines his life and work: This life for me is an endeavor to help people manifest their divinity.”

A series of intimate conversations with a wise and charismatic guru is a compelling idea. How many times have each of us wished for answers to life’s deep questions?

In this DVD follow-up to the newly released book, “Midnights with the Mystic”, Cheryl Simone relates her personal experience of learning at the feet of Sadhguru Vasudev, India’s most sought-after mystic.

As we share in her profound experiences, we are challenged to embrace the possibility that to each of us is available a higher realm of reality, a peak of consciousness, an entre into the realm of freedom and bliss.

Conversation with a Mystic – Dr. Charles Ashanin

Book: Mystic in the Graveyard: The Exile of Charles Bozidar Ashanin
by Peter Denbo Haskins

Dr. Ashanin’s great love and awareness of God gave him rare insight into the souls and spiritual needs of others. He saw and felt things of the spirit in ways that most people cannot.

Though he never claimed to be so, Dr. Ashanin was a true mystic, combining an all-consuming devotion to the Presence of the Holy with gifts of clairvoyance, wisdom and a profound understanding of Scripture and of the writings of the early teachers of the Faith.

As a scholar of early Church History, he inspired many students with his genuine living out of the Gospel through his care of their souls. At the university of Ghana in Lagos, Africa, at Allen and Claflin Universities in South Carolina, and finally for 23 years at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana, Dr. Ashanin was more than a professor  -  he was a mentor, beloved friend and companion on the spiritual journey.

Dr. Ashanin’s deep life of prayer and compassion also committed him to ecumenism, to the Body of Christ in all its manifestations. As a member of the Eastern Orthodox Church with twelve hundred years of Slavonic spirituality in his soul, he worked closely with students studying for the Protestant ministry, enriching their traditions and perspectives of the Gospel in the manner of a true “staretz” (spiritual guide).

This ecumenical commitment cost him greatly. For its sake, he suffered the disdain and persecution of colleagues whose “modern” Christianity mocked and rejected his devotion to the transforming spirituality of the early Church.

A dialogue with Dr. Charles Ashanin, a beloved professor of Early Church History, a clairvoyant friend, and a passionate Orthodox from Montenegro. Though he was “born into Heaven” in 2000, Charles remains very much present in the hearts and minds of his many friends. A book on his life was just released this year (2006) entitled “Mystic in the Graveyard”

This studio conversation was taped years ago, but the wisdom of Dr. Ashanin and the tradition he represents is alive and well.

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