Living With Saints and Sages by Devadas T. Chelvam (Author)

Living with Saints and Sages is a bridge that connects spiritual masters from various religions or without any religion, focusing on their whole-hearted commitment to realize the true meaning of life. Clarifying the common confusions concerning religion, the book provides the reader with the clear concepts conducive to steady progress in the art of living. “The joy and love that pervades these individual narratives seem so natural and immediate that we can’t help feeling that this is how our Creator would wish to deal with each and every one of us . . . To read this book is to sense that God is offering us a ‘Romance with the Infinite'” -Dr. Quincy Howe, Professor of Classics and Religion

Devadas Chelvam studied at Union Theological Seminary in New York, Columbia University, and Fordham to earn master’s degrees in theology and sociology. Initially a Catholic priest in Sri Lanka and the United Sates, then an agnostic, and now he accepts that all the people are marching towards Truth, though their paths may differ widely.

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Living with Saints and Sages by Devadas Chelvam

Overview
Living with Saints and Sages is a bridge that connects spiritual masters from various religions or without any religion, focusing on their whole-hearted commitment to realize the true meaning of life.

Clarifying the common confusions concerning religion, the book provides the reader with the clear concepts conducive to steady progress in the art of living.
“The joy and love that pervades these individual narratives seem so natural and immediate that we can’t help feeling that this is how our Creator would wish to deal with each and every one of us … To read this book is to sense that God is offering us a ‘Romance with the Infinite'”
-Dr. Quincy Howe, Professor of Classics and Religion

Frank Strock’s Interview with the author of Living with Saints and Sages – Devdas Chelvam

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Chit Happens: A Guide to Discovering Divinity by Narain Ishaya

Chit is the Sanskrit word for consciousness itself.

Chit Happens is the companion for anyone on a spiritual path, whether a beginner or more experienced. In an easy-to-read, question-and-answer format, this book is created to leave the reader not only satisfied but inspired as well. It has been written through personal experience with humor and grace, drawing from live teaching dialogues.

This book can enliven your desire to wake up or intensify that desire at whatever stage it is already kindled. It can answer questions you have had, whether or not you knew you had them. Chit Happens can undo many of the common spiritual concepts that, no matter how beautiful, ultimately distract the aspirant from the true goal of human life.

This book will let you know that the path to freedom can be easy, swift, and joyful. At the end of this book, you will certainly have had at least a glimpse of your own magnificent potential.

Narain Ishaya has been a teacher of meditation, consciousness, and spiritual discovery for more than fourteen years, and has taught in over seventeen countries. He currently resides in the mountains of Spain with his wife and their very conscious dog.

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Narain Ishaya: Living in the Present Moment

Narain talks about living in the present moment and the difference between living from the mind and living from the heart.

Narain Ishaya: The best thing one can do

Narain, author of Chit Happens: A Guide to Discovering Divinity, speaks on the best thing one can do for oneself.

Narain Ishaya: The Best thing One can do, Pt.2

Vedic Astrology – New Moon in Cancer – August 6 with Sam Geppi

The New Moon happens in Cancer On August 6, around 5:45 PM Eastern time. The new moon is a time when Sun and Moon come together at the same point in the sky. This is like when the sperm meets the egg and a new life has begun.

In this case, we need to remember that the sun is the archetype of masculine energy and the moon is the archetype of feminine energy. When I say archetype, I do not just mean it in a poetic way. It is the sun that creates masculine power – the power of clarity, consistency, vision and integrity through action. It is the moon that creates feminine power, the power of feeling, sensitivity, connection and integrity through feeling.

Mars and Venus Debilitated
On August 11 Venus will move into Virgo, where she is debilitated.
On August 18 Mars will move into cancer, where he is debilitated.

The Cancer Cycle – 2013

Cancer is a sign where we connect to the heart, in-depth – rather than riding the waves of emotion, which is more on the surface. Unfortunately because we lack introspection, most are very disconnected from the heart. In fact, this is why we tend to mistake something as beautiful as “love” as inherently painful and tragic. The truth is, love is the most beautiful force in the universe, but we are mistaking the feeling that comes from unmet desire and the psychology of the ego and its separateness, for “Love”.

The Sign of Cancer and the Emotions Versus Feeling
That love and our heart is eternal. It is the source of all “emotion”.

I define the emotions as:
our pure loving nature mixed with our desires.

This pure love of Cancer is most closely related to the love of a mother for her child – or perhaps a person with their pet. The mother wants nothing from the child. It is a purely selfless connection. No matter what the child (or pet) does, the parent will love the child. This is what children teach us, pure love. But because we do not love everyone selflessly, we experience a lot of emotions and emotional pain. We feel that pain of separation from the heart in Cancer as well. In truth, we want to love everyone selflessly and be loved also. It is our nature.

Relationship Hell – Selfless Love Versus Conditional Love
We feel this emotional pain the most when we interact with each other, as grown-ups. Because in these relationships the deep selfless love, like the mother for her child, is not there. Instead, there are conditions. These adult, conditional relationships are to teach us more about mutual respect, not about love. We learn our capacity to love through children, pets and those things where we ask nothing in return. We learn our capacity for mutual respect and compromise through conditional relationships (related to Venus).

Aslesha Nakshatra – The Tangled Serpent

This new moon is in Aslesha Nakshatra, the section of Cancer called “the entwiner”. It is ruled by the deity called “Sarpa”, the serpent. It shows where we either get “tangled up” in our emotions, or tangled up in selfless love.

For example, the mother needs to get tangled up in the emotions and the needs of her baby. It is healthy and necessary for the baby to grow. This sort of “tangling” takes us straight to the source of pure love itself. But we can also understand the intensity of feeling in Aslesha by recognizing how terrified a mother is of her baby dying for example. This Nakshatra has that sort of intensity.

When we get tangled up in “momentary love”, or “emotional love” (which is more about our desire), Aslesha shows potential for immense psychological and emotional pain, as these fragmented desires and incomplete/uncontrollable situations cannot fulfill that intensity and depth. Essentially, it is as if we are trying to make our desires our “baby” or our reason for living.

Transforming the Tangle of Aslesha Nakshatra
Divine beings, and those who have known the true self, see everyone as their children – or share that same type of selfless love. Even if we have not reached that level, we can take a lesson from them. Whether one has a baby or not is irrelevant in transforming this energy.

The main issue with Aslesha is what we are attached to and entangling ourselves in? Are they taking us to the source or very far from it? The capacity of those things to take us to the source of pure love, and to the source of life itself is here.

The deeper promise here is devotion And discrimination. Because even a mother must untangle herself from her child as a natural part of the evolving process of life. For example, that tangled energy needs to evolve into one of mutual respect if a mother and child are going to get along as adults.

I relate this Nakshatra to the caduceus, which shows interlocking serpents entwined around the center point. This is also deeply related to the kundalini – as there are five tangles in the serpents, and five main Chakras.

Go deep within this next month. Connect to a level of love that is deeper than just your desires. Because the truth is, we can selflessly love everyone. Much of this begins with how much we love ourselves and accept our own mistakes/embrace our fears, etc. Connect to the divine mother energy now, in whatever form. Awaken the divine motherhood within you.

The Heart Is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out ~ The Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje

If you are inspired to take up his challenge, the Karmapa offers a path for participating in a global community that is based on compassion. In these chapters, he shares his vision for bringing social action into daily life, on a scale we can realistically manage through the choices we make every day—what to buy, what to eat, and how to relate honestly and bravely with our friends and family and coworkers.

His fresh and encouraging perspective shows us that we have the strength to live with kindness in the midst of the many challenges we face as socially and environmentally conscious beings. Because he sees the world through the lens of the interdependence of all beings, he sees that humans can change social and environmental problems by changing their attitudes and actions. And so, he shows ways that we can change our world by changing ourselves—by examining our own habits of consumption and by being willing to look into how our food reaches our table and how the products we buy are made. In his chapter on gender, he points out that we don’t have to label others according to a social construct.

If his viewpoint seems optimistic, it is—and it’s also demanding. The Karmapa calls on us to open our mind and heart to the innumerable connections we share with others—in our families, communities, social systems, and on our planet. Thanks to the depth of his spiritual training, and the breadth of his curiosity about the world and his love for it, he presents a relevant framework for understanding what it means to be human now—and why it’s imperative that we concern ourselves with the well-being of all others. He points to a world we can create through our own effort, using a resource we already have in abundance—the basic nobility of our human heart.

The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, is the spiritual head of one of the major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The 900-year-old lineage of Karmapas has included some of Tibet’s greatest spiritual masters. Born to nomadic parents in rural Tibet, he was identified while still a young child as the heir to this leadership position. In 2000, the Karmapa’s dramatic escape to India from Chinese-ruled Tibet at the age of fourteen propelled him onto the world stage. Since then, he has emerged as an international Buddhist leader and environmental activist, founding Khoryug, a region-wide environmental protection program. The Karmapa has been dubbed the “new face of Tibetan Buddhism,” and many Tibetans look to the Karmapa for inspiration in their struggle to preserve their embattled culture. In 2008, he made his historic first visit to America. He currently resides at Gyuto Monastery, near Dharamsala, India.

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View here on Karmapa’s talk on The Technology of the Heart

17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje – Healing the World

The Mechanics of Archetypal Experiences of the Collective Consciousness

Astrological Archetypes and Myths

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. ~Carl Gustav Jung According to Carl Jung, the Greek gods and all the myths that surround them are archetypal symbols that pertain to our collective unconscious. In other words, they are the deep motivational unveiled factors that are shared by all mankind.

Since the planets are named after these archetypical godly forces, they carry in themselves the influence of symbolism that such archetypes have. According to Jung, these symbolic realities can interact with the events of our lives through processes called synchronicity and serendipity, which justifies as the physical reason for the magical tools of Astrology.

The Sun

Sun God

Represented by Apollo, son of Zeus, the sun was associated with strength, purity. The light of the sun that killed the serpent represents the cold of winter disappearing before your shining bright. He governs the seasons, was the god of agriculture and livestock keeper. His movement through the heavenly sky also determined the seasons of growth, or rites of passages of the transcendent human nature. His beauty, symbolizes the human being in its highest form and, therefore, ruler of the sign of Leo

The Moon

Represented by Selene, daughter of the Titans in Greek mythology; she was considered feminine even when the Albanians and the Phrygian considered the moon masculine and was ruled by a high priest, and was associated with chastity, virginity and motherhood. The Moon is ruler of the sign Cancer.

Mercury

Represented by Hermes, the messenger of the gods, Mercury was associated with trade, travelers and communicator. It expresses the abilities of excellent articulation in trading, the spoken and written words and the speed of movement. Because of these, he is the regent of the signs of Gemini and Virgo.

Venus

Represented by Aphrodite in Greek mythology, the goddess of beauty and love, Venus was associated with sexuality, sensuality, lovers, fertility and creation The planet Venus was chosen to incorporate itself as the ruler the signs of Taurus and Libra.

Mars

Associated with the god of war in Greek mythology, Aries, Mars was associated with the strength to fight, courage and battle, and therefore ruler of Aries and the ancient ruler of Scorpio.

Jupiter

Associated with the god of gods in Greek mythology, Zeus, Jupiter traditionally dominated everywhere within its radius. It protected crops of grapes and was related to oaths, treaties and older styles of marriage. It is the symbol of the father figure and it is said that the rays that originally reached the Earth came directly from him. These magnificent rays were considered the symbols of his majesty. It is the ruler of Sagittarius and the ancient ruler of Pisces.

Saturn

Associated with the god Chronos in Greek mythology, Saturn was associated with parenthood. The most entertaining Roman feasts were celebrated in honor of Saturn: the Saturnalia. It was a primordial Festival, equivalent to the Western celebration of Christmas, which received its powerful influence.

During the Saturnalia, they exchanged gifts, freed prisoners and slaves were served by their owners. Saturn was traditionally considered the son of Uranus, which after castrating his father, became the supreme Lord of the earth, ruling a golden era of love and innocence. It is the ancient ruler of Aquarius and the exoteric ruler of Capricorn.

Uranus

Uranus represents higher vibrational aspects of Heaven and was the progenitor of the incestuous human species. Among his children, we find the Titans. It is assumed that the myth of Uranus is pre-Greek, probably Hittite. Uranus is the ruler of Aquarius.

Neptune

Neptune was originally an Italic god of fresh waters and later was associated with Poseidon, known as the god of the seas. With the trident, Neptune ruled over the ocean water. Neptune was the god of sailors and protector of all who traveled by sea, and therefore ruler of Pisces. Because it reigns over the deep waters, it also shared aspects related to unconscious minds, ecstasy and escapism

Pluto

Pluto is one of the many names of Hades, god of the underworld, and son of Kronos. Originally destitute of qualities of mercy and compassion, the god of the dead adorns himself with spruces, cypresses and narcissus flowers, but does not get moved before worship or sacrifices. He holds the key to the underworld where he rules and is therefore the ruler of Scorpio. Hades was worshiped as one who bestows wealth with his power.

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