The Supreme Poise of Entering into the ‘Maha-Yajna’: Culmination in the Satyam-Ritam Point of THE MAHA-SAMBHUTI

”CAITANYAM ATMAN” – SHIVA SUTRAS (CONSCIOUSNESS IS THE ATMAN)

Lord Rama

”The Time (that has parts ) cooks all things

In the Great Self indeed,

But the Comprehensor of that (The impartite absolute Time)

In which time itself

Is cooked he knows the Vedas”- Maitri Upanishad

black hole quasar

What do you need to reveal objects?

Light…

What do you need to reveal light???

Consciousness…

Consciousness is therefore the revealer of everything…

Only consciousness is…..

It is the existence and non-existence

All infinite possibilities are embedded in it…

The innumerable I’s are just One Realty

The grand orchestration…musical milieu of life and death

What is born and what is dying is the defacto object in the supreme consciousness

Body And mind have no independent existence apart from consciousness

they are reabsorbed back into it

space and time retracts back into it

You are that Svetaketu…

You are that Svetaketu…

TAT TVAM ASI

”Cidrupashi Sada Saksi Nirapeksa Sukham Chara” -Astavakra

It is not now that you have become the Eternal Observer

After Enlightenment or Self-Realisation

You are always the supreme conscious observer

You are always the Changeless Being , THE WITNESS

And that which is impermanent, dying or born –

You have also entered into that making this apparent reality a show

Projected in the mind

YOU ARE without qualities (nirguna) and attributes

Your highest function is transmission of Prajna (Wisdom) and Karuna (Compassion)

As the river is dancing from the mountains to get immersed in The Great Ocean of Being

we are carrying in our heart the fire-crystals of immortality

that shines forth in the chalice of the sun

we are scripting new songs that the children will sing

in the Supraconscient halo of our integral being…

Shantih Shantih Shantih

-J

In Meditation the Gross enters into the Subtle and the Subtle into the Subtlest: Process of Unplugging the Mind to Enter into the No-Mind Supreme Awareness.

This kind of meditation practised in Kashmir Shavism is called laya cintana or laya bhavana because of shifting attention from gross (sthula) orbit to subtle (suksma) orbit to subtlest (para) orbit – absorbing one into the other.

The Interlocking Lotus Posture for Supreme Awareness

This is the threefold movement of entries (dataset) – Gross – Subtle – Subtlest

In Vedanta, a different approach to the supreme awareness is taken. The No-Mind State of Zen or Unman as it is known by the Natha-Siddhas, is clearly described by Gaurapada (Sankara Lineage) in the Madukya Karika. He says that the mind’s functioning results in duality and therefore the cause of all ignorance and suffering. Of course, suffering exists – physically but there are ways to transcend it and it is called Nirvana or Moksha. Mind (via sensory inputs processed in the brain) is the cause of the subject-object schism and duality emerges from that which is SAMSARA. So, duality causes samsara (subject-object duality) and non-duality causes moksha/liberation. In the three states of waking, dream and deep sleep duality exists so samsara/the subject-object schism is experienced, though in the Karika, Gaudapada suggests that in the deep sleep state duality is not experienced like the other two states (waking and dream) but is present in the seed form. Cessation of duality is moksha/nirvana to him. In verse 3.31 of Mandukya Karika (Ch-3) he says ‘’manodrsyamidam dvaitam yatkimcitsacaracaram/manaso hyamanibhave dvaitam naivppalabhyate” which is that ‘’all these dual objects, comprising everything that is movable and immovable, perceived by the mind (are mind alone)”. For duality is never experienced when the mind ceases to act. In short, duality is an experience of the functioning of the mind, which is the cognizer of cognized, when the mind dissolves or in the state of no-mind there is no duality which the Tibetan Buddhists say in a different way that there is cognizance, but it is empty cognizance. The non-dual awareness is called Rigpa which happens spontaneously in the no-mind state.

In the end, there is neither any path or any liberation or moksha or nirvana – THIS IS THE ULTIMATE TRUTH – because the NON-LOCAL OBSERVER OR SAKSHI (The Supreme Awareness) is UNBORN, IMMUTABLE, SERENE and is BEYOND SPACE-TIME AND CAUSALITY.

Divine Mother in Pondicherry

On behalf of I-ternity Foundation, we appreciate everyone to remain calm and composed and pray for the well-being of this planet Earth, The Mother. Only prayers or mantras can connect our TRUE BEING with the SUPREME CONSCIOUSNESS. IT IS IMPORTANT TO ACT IMMEDIATELY BECAUSE EVOLUTION NEVER ERRS.

http://www.i-ternityfoundation.org

Tibetan Mandala Art

A prayer is a VIBRATION – “how can the work you are doing on your own body have a general effect on the corporeal substance outside of you? In the same way as always , she answered because the vibrations spreads out! For example, each time I have been able to master something, I mean find the true solution for an illness or malfunctioning (the TRUE solution, not a mental one, not some ordinary knowledge, but the spiritual solution: the vibration that will UNDO the wrong working or set you on your feet again), it has always been very easy for me to cure the same thing in others, through the emission of this vibration…That’s how it works. Because all substance is ONE. All is ONE- WE CONSTANTLY FORGET THAT! WE ALWAYS HAVE A SENSE OF SEPARATION, AND THAT IS TOTAL, TOTAL FALSEHOOD; it’s because we rely on what our eyes see, on…That is truly FALSEHOOD. As soon as your consciousness changes a little, you realize that…what we see is like an image plastered over something. But it’s not true, not true at all. Even in the most material Matter, even a stone- even in a stone- as soon as one’s consciousness changes, all this separation, all this division, completely vanishes. These are….(how to put it?) modes of concentration, vibratory modes WITHIN THE SAME THING”. (Mother or the New Species Book II, Satprem)

-J

157th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda: When Insight Evaporates in Words, Only Resonance Survives

Swami Vivekananda in Chicago 1893

Swami Vivekananda in Chicago 1893

one infinite pure and holy – beyond thought beyond qualities I bow down to thee”

Space, time and causation is like glass through which the Absolute can be seen; but in the Absolute there is no space, time or causation”
-Swami Vivekananda

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Gita Jayanti Maha-Yajna 25th Dec 2019, Triangular Park, Kolkata

 

if all actions are performed with a sense of Yajna/sacrifice then there is chitta-suddhi or purification of the mind (*but if action is done spontaneously)

there is only an eternal remembrance of that One consciousness running through all manifested reality

name and form are burnt to ashes or consumed by the sacrificial fire

then being is becoming and there is perfect revelation of the luminous One- the Brahman

 

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Mother’s House Bagbazar

it cannot be sought with effort, it reveals itself when there is fasting of the mind

if a nation and all its people understands this open secret of this transformation from a gross material and vital plane of consciousness to a more refined and subtle plane of consciousness which is based on sthita prajna (2nd Chapter of Bhagawad Gita) then there is true evolution here on earth….

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Sarada Maa’s Ghat

Anyadeva tadviditadatho aviditadadhi

Itisusruma purvesam ye nastadvyacacaksire

That (Brahman) is different from all known, familiar objects; it is beyond even unknown objects. This is what we heard from the ancient ones (i.e., teachers), who explained it to us.

OM SHANTIH SHANTIH SHANTIH


I-ternity Foundation – Centre for Consciousness Studies, Research and Training

Dr. Somnath Bhattacharya, Univ of the Witswatersand, Jo’burg and Dr. Sisir Roy, Senior Homi Bhabha Fellow and Visiting Professor,National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science Campus , Bangalore – DISCUSSIONS ON QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT, COSMOLOGY, VEDANTA and SAMKHYA PHILOSOPHY OVER A CUP OF COFFEE

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Dr. Somnath Bhattacharyya and Dr Sisir Roy discussing Quantum Entanglement, Cosmology, Vedanta and Shamkhya Philosophies Over a Cup of Coffee 

 

 

Nartakah Atma, The Soul Is A Dancer And Through Control Of The Mind Reality Is Attained: 117th Birth Anniversary of Yogishwar Sri Kalipada Guha Roy

 

 

Parthasarathi, Gita Jayanti Festival, Kolkata 2019

 

Kali Da, Varanasi

when truth kindles love the Lila is forever an unexplained mystery

it is only open to those adepts who have drunk the original ecstasy

mind and body reverberates the dance

then everything is forgotten

nothing needs to be known

existence is a blissful song

it is an offering

and there is surrender

and a total sacrifice

there is yajna

encircled by the pattern of the rasa-dance

the setting sun across the Ganges

has poured the divine nectar

through the lyre and the flutes

They are hymning the coming of the Lord

Again…

When THE DICE WAS LOADED BY UNFAIR MEANS

Jim Morrison (Birthday 8th Dec)

THERE WAS KURUKSHETRA…

 

-J

5th December 2019: Sri Aurobindo’s Maha-Samadhi Day and the Unveiling of the Primordial Tattva

 

At the Divine alter where light unto light leaves a message
Pure emanation holds its course
Directing the bodily energies refining their dance
Encapsulating the pulse that originates at the heart
May the source unveil the pattern unintelligible
The rendering of the flesh and word by the spirit’s timeless function
That gravitates the curvature of purusha and prakriti
Into a phenomenal logic of relativistic simultaneity
Anatomizing the randomness and chaos
That perpetuates the causal bondage of birth and death

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The letter’s oceanic message may carry the primordial tattva
That may answer all matter’s questions from the void
And in the fractal possibility of being, the becoming was immortality
Verily true, the becoming was immortality…

-J

Celebrating the Birth Anniversary of Shri Lahiri Mahasaya, 30th Sept, 2019: Understanding the Deep Synergetics of Guru-Kripa

Shri Yogiraj Lahiri Baba (30th Sept, 1828- 26th Sept, 1895)

Dhyânamoolam gururmurti poojâmoolam gururpadam
Mantra moolam gururvâkyam mokshamoolam gururkripâ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SY3d04PzxA&t=77s

The object of meditation is guru’s form, the object of worship is guru’s feet,
Mantras are guru’s words, the basis of liberation is guru’s grace

The teaching of Vedanta demonstrates the Ultimate Reality of Brahman.

Sarvam Kalvidam Bramha- ”All that Exists is Brahman”.

Non-dualists describe the creation as the illusory super-imposition (vivarta), through ‘maya’, of names and forms upon Brahman. Relativity is maya. The fact that the One appears as many, the Absolute as the relative, the Infinite as the finite, is maya.

Lord Shiva Adoration, Idol worshipped and photograph courtesy Monalisa Morrison
Sri Sarada Maa
Divine Mother, Pondicherry

Opening Mantras (Stotras of Durga Saptasati)

Sarva mangalamangyalye sive sarvârthâ sâdhike
Sharanye tryambake gouri Nârâyani namostute


I bow to Thee, Gouri Narayani,
who art the cause of the welfare of the world
who art good, who grants every wish,
in whom one takes refuge, who art three-eyed.

Concluding Mantras

Yadaksharam pari bhrastam mâtrâ hinancha yadbhavet
Purnam bhavatu tat sarvam Tat prasâdân maheshwari


If there be any missing letter or meter, let this be completed,
O Supreme Goddess (Maheswari), by thy grace.

Sarva mangalamangyalye sive sarvârthâ sâdhike
Sharanye tryambake gouri Nârâyani namostute

I bow to Thee, Gouri Narayani,
who art the cause of the welfare of the world
who art good, who grants every wish,
in whom one takes refuge, who art three-eyed.

Sri Anandamayi Maa and Shri Paramhamsa Yogananda

In the inner-breathing there is light and freedom

It paves the way for the higher realization of oneness

As cosmic dualism dissolves in the Ananda-rasa,

It unravels the highest seat of the Guru-Deva

Touching His lotus feet at the summit of all forces

Consecrates a divine life on earth;

This is the point of the birth of all stars

Life emerges simulating the pattern of cosmic destiny

Unintelligible as it is, the language of creation is the yoga-kriya-samadhi

Of the timeless Brahman through the vortices of a mirrored cyclical time….

The reflected light

Is the mantra (or the mantric-vehicle)

To reach the Supreme Consciousness

By the practice of kriya….

-J


Invocation to the Goddess at Shri Shri Sitaramdas Omkarnath Mission Trust, Avenue House, Lake Place under the guidance of Dr. Suresh Kumar Bandopadhyay, Registrar25th Sept, 2019

Agamani (Invocation to the Divine Mother, Durga) at Sri Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath Mission
Agamani Programme
Invocation to the Goddess
Aagamani Programme at Avenue House

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Celebrating Sri Aurobindo’s 147th Birthday, 15th August, 2019: A Hymn of Man’s Aspiration to the Truth is Born (India’s Independence)

Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry circa 1917

Sri Aurobindo

 

TO TURN THOUGHT AND WORD INTO FORM AND EXPRESSION OF THE SUPERCONSCIENT TRUTH WHICH IS HIDDEN BEYOND THE DIVISION AND DUALITY OF THE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL EXISTENCE WAS THE CENTRAL IDEA OF THE VEDIC DISCIPLINE AND THE FOUNDATION OF ITS MYSTERIES – THE SECRET OF THE VEDA, SRI AUROBINDO

Behind the veil

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Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture, Lakshmi’s House, Kolkata

A still pervading space of luminous intensity

Rhymes with every tonality of a minute pause

In the arrested flow of a superconscient reverie

Behind the veil

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At the Mother’s Feet, SAIC

The rock edifice from the distant stars

May have opened the gateway to the beyond

Decrypted in the cellular automata

The plan of the Spirit’s golden age

And in that dawn

The chariot and the charioter, and, the road ahead

Are all one,

Illimitable,

Indistinguishable

In the supernal effulgence of a timeless moment

Perhaps, mirrored as the history of aeonic time

Where within, matter unfolds its variegated petals

To be transformed by the undying protégé of love and light…

To be remembered as the day when nirvana was sought

And felt in the tissues that vibrated with the mother of all universe

A hymn to man’s aspiration to the truth is born:

‘’To Will, master of sacrifice, the Mighty One, the vast lord and the diffuser of Truth I bring forward my thought as an offering and it is the clarified butter of the sacrifice purified in the mouth of the flame; my word I bring forward that goes to meet its lord’’ (The 12th Hymn to Agni, The Secret of the Veda, Sri Aurobindo)

 

 

-J


The Double Soul in Man

The Spirit Status and World Dynamism by DR SOUMITRO BASU 

It is difficult if not practically impossible to effectuate a perfect harmony between “spirit status” and “world dynamism”. Can one simultaneously lead a material life in the most ideal way in accordance to an ideal spiritual life? Generations of seekers have been unsuccessful and that is why we see throughout ages, a significant section of spiritual adepts preferring a soliloquy in the solitude of the hermitage, the ascetic retreat, the monastery far away from the madding crowd.

This inability to reconcile an inner spiritual life with external life is not because of material reasons (for truly speaking, the modern Guru in the 21st century may have access to more material gadgets than others!) The inability lies in the fact that the external life is lived in Ignorance. And, in Ignorance, the psychological movements are not centered around the soul or secret spiritual self but around the substitute of the soul – the ego-principle. The ego gives us a uniqueness that cannot be disrupted by cosmic forces –it is a defence against being obliterated by the Infinite. Sri Aurobindo explains that some amount of ego-centrism is needed “on which we bind together our experiences and relations in the midst of the complex contacts, contradictions, dualities, incoherences of the world in which we live; this ego-centrism is our rock of safety against the cosmic and the infinite.”(The Life Divine, pg.243-244).

Divided Existence

The problem is that in a true spiritual life centered around the soul-principle, the ego has to be totally replaced so that one experiences a vast impersonality that does not support a dynamic action that is needed in external life. Indeed, “in this impersonality there is at first no key to an ordered dynamism of action”. If somebody wishes to reconcile a spiritual life with an ego-centered dynamism, what usually happens is that one lives a divided but not an integrated life. One is divided into two parts of being: “the spiritual within, the natural without; in one there is the divine realisation seated in a perfect inner freedom, but the natural part goes on with the old action of Nature, continues by a mechanical movement of past energies her already transmitted impulse”. (Ibid, pg.244)

In a section of spiritual practitioners, the old ego-centric life may be entirely dissolved. In such cases the outer life can become apparently incoherent though there might be the luminosity of the Self within. Such a state can give rise to different types of spiritually inclined personalities:

(a) One can become “outwardly inert and inactive, moved by circumstances or forces but not self-mobile” — the “jadavat”;

(b) One can become “outwardly a child though within is a plenary self-knowledge” – the “balavat”:

(c) One can become “inconsequent in thought and impulse though within is an utter calm and serenity” – the “unmattavat”

(d) One can become a “wild and disordered soul though inwardly there is the purity and poise of the Spirit”—the “pisacavat”. (Ibid)

What could happen if someone who has achieved a certain degree of soul-status can also develop an ordered dynamism in outer nature? At best there would be “a continuation of superficial ego-action witnessed but not accepted by the inner being, or a mental dynamism that cannot be perfectly expressive of the inner spiritual realization; for there is no equipollence between action of mind and status of spirit”. ” (Ibid)

The Supramental Integration

At the end of all speculations it has to be acknowledged that under the present circumstances there cannot be a perfect harmony between the spirit status and dynamism of action in outer life. It is only the Supermind which in its descent can create the ideal and perfect conditions of harmony for it alone carries the Light of integration. “Even at its best where there is an intuitive guidance of Light from within, the nature of its expression in dynamism of action must be marked with the imperfections of mind, life and body, a King with incapable ministers, a Knowledge expressed in the values of the Ignorance. Only the descent of the Supermind with its perfect unity of Truth-Knowledge and Truth-Will can establish in the outer as in the inner existence the harmony of the Spirit; for it alone can turn the values of the Ignorance entirely into the values of the Knowledge”. (Ibid)

There would of course be a grammar of the whole process for such a great thing like a perfect harmony between outer and inner life cannot come without a methodical discipline. At first, one needs to integrate the various strands of the being, the various parts and planes of consciousness around the psychic being or soul-principle that surpasses the ego. Next, the psychic being has to be related to its divine counterpart in the upper hemisphere of consciousness – to the Bliss or Ananda principle of the triune Reality –Sachchidananda. This linking can only be done by the power of the Supermind with “an integral completeness, an intimacy that becomes an authentic identity; for it is the Supermind which links the higher and the lower hemispheres of the One Existence” (Ibid, pg.245). “In Supermind is the integrating Light, the consummating Force, the wide entry into the supreme Ananda: the psychic being uplifted by that Light and Force can unite itself with the original Delight of existence from which it came: overcoming the dualities of pain and pleasure, delivering from all fear and shrinking the mind, life and body, it can recast the contacts of existence in the world into terms of the Divine Ananda”(Ibid)

In other words, the supreme harmony of outer and inner life lies in reorganizing both in terms of the Divine Ananda — a feat that can only be made possible by the descent of the Supermind; the psychic being playing an intermediary role in the process. In this way we can move from an outer dynamism to a dynamic spirituality.

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Date of Update: 10-Aug-19

– By Dr. Soumitra Basu

 

The Mantric Vehicle of the Timeless Void is the Song of I-Ternity by the Guru’s Grace

Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru devo Maheshwara
Guru sakshat, param Brahma, tasmai shri guravay namah

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Sri Kalipda Guha Roy 

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Sri Anandamayi Maa, Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath Mission,  Avenue House, Kolkata

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Sri Nitai Prabhu

in the memory of time there is only the timeless void
it features all events as part of causality
manifestation is a dance
a perturbation unfolds the space-time geometry
things as they are is an enormous Awareness of being-time
the bow, the arrow, the galaxies and spacecrafts are being-time
each being-time is the whole of time -Brahman is Brahman – Sutra 1
causality has apparently many branches – Brahman is Dual Experience of its own Non-Duality -Sutra 2
the setting sun
in the lap of the sky
reflects the moon forever on the lake
the observer is the ancient hero of many a timelines
in the macrospace of his own infinity, he breathes the fire of causal destiny
1911 -Sri Aurobindo Notebook – ye yatha Mam prapadyante Tamstathaiva bhajamyaham (as men approach me so I accept them to my love, Bhagawad Gita)
1897 – Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is born
1532 – Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s Lila and the pain of His separation from Lord Krishna – Original Ecstasy & Agony
as the world makes and remakes itself
as people deluded as they are scatter like broken twigs
as the ego of men eclipses the sun
the droplets water disappear in the sand
leaving only marks that foretold the time….
an anagram of the threefold destiny is the prime cause of the universe
and the law that upholds the TAT and SAT
will never fail to protect the land….
Jay Guru Sri Guru (3x)
-J

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Divine Mother, Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Awakening is waking-up to what is HERE: Interoperability and the Cognitive Aspect of Space-Time Curvature

Mother and Sri Aurobindo Last Photographs by Bresson

 

 

I am interoperable in this vastness

Inside or outside the dialogue box

within the hidden layers of the neurons

or in the Hermitian conjugate of a quantum state

wherever awareness is, there is being

wherever there is being, there is awareness

not two but one

undifferentiated they are

an atom in the vast spectacle of this cosmic dance

is impregnated with the awareness of the dancer

at what depths are you gazing?

Bits comprise only the surface

the dome is the widening sky

the winds are blowing Her letters to the sea

In a long journey, the star hath risen above the Himavant

Does the space-time curvature signify only a cognitive aspect of being?

-J

 

READ ARTICLE ON INSTINCT AND INTUITION BY DR. SOUMITRO BASU at NAMAH -The Journal of Integral Health Instinct and Intuition by Instinct and Intuition by Dr S Basu

 

 

 

The Independent State of Supreme Consciousness is the Reality of Everything – 1st Awakening

Caitanyamatma – The Independent State of Supreme Consciousness is the Reality of Everything – 1st Awakening – Shiva Sutras * The Shiva Sutras were delivered by the Lord Himself written on a rock edifice at the foot of the Mahadeva Mountain in the valley of Harvan in Kashmir to the great master, Vasugupta 

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Yogishwar Sri Kalipada Guha Roy 9th Dec 2018, Taragunia

 

In a state of pure bliss

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Sri M Book Launch ‘Shunya’ in Kolkata 

 

The whole Being rejoices

Dances to the tune of the universe

Which itself He is

The mind and its fluctuations

Which have been the cause of the material existence

Have been transcended by an act of Grace

This is the highest abode of Self-Perfection

There are no strivings, no achievements

No goal no future no past

Only this moment of a pure subjective consciousness

Which is Independent (Swatantrya) of everything

Experiencing itself through many modes

In the dynamic tranquility of Oneness…

-J

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HOW FINLAND IS SAVING THE WORLD FROM STRESS

  • Rent a Finn encourages travellers to learn true happiness from the Finns
  •         Visitors have until 14 April 2019 to apply to visit Finland

 

Helsinki 18 March 2019: Visit Finland is inviting people from around the world to experience how the Finns live in true harmony with nature through their new initiative, Rent a Finn.

This summer, Finnish citizens will work as happiness guides and welcome visitors into their homes, showing them how to connect with nature and understand the Finnish art of relaxation.

The application period for guests is open until 14 April 2019.

Studies show that nature can balance our minds and alleviate stress. Even a short walk in nature lowers your blood pressure and pulse while boosting endorphin levels. In 2018 the UN ranked Finland as the happiest country in the world*, thanks to its special connection with nature.

Heli Jimenez, Senior Director, International Marketing, Business Finland said: “Many travellers choose to visit Finland because of our uniquely peaceful nature and tranquility. The Rent a Finn campaign is in response to the global travel trend of living like a local, which is all about sharing genuine experiences with ordinary people.

”Pure nature is a part of life in Finland. We go outdoors in any weather, let our babies nap outside and spend a great deal of time in nature in general. Our happiness guides all share a certain awareness, a great love of nature and an appreciation for slow living.”

The Rent a Finn initiative has initially enlisted eight ordinary Finns to work as happiness guides for travellers. The guides, who were chosen from among hundreds of applicants, will welcome visitors for a few days and show them their own ways of relieving stress in nature.

Linda Räihä, one of the happiness guides, explains, “Time runs differently on our island. It seems to slow down somehow, and there is never a need for hurry.”

“There are many ways to connect with nature from working in your vegetable patch, boating, fishing, heating up the sauna or foraging for mushrooms and berries in the forest.”

The visits will take place during summer 2019 and will be free of charge for travellers.

The Rent a Finn initiative is being assisted by Hintsa Performance, a Finnish high-performance coaching company, who believes sustainable performance is created through a balanced lifestyle. Their methods of boosting human performance have been tested in organisations around the world, and their clients range from Fortune 500 leaders to Formula One World Champions.

The Rent a Finn website includes a test based on Hintsa’s methods. It helps you to see how balanced your life really is and offers advice for reducing stress and maintaining your mental wellbeing.

Annastiina Hintsa, Chief Operating Officer from Hintsa Performance said, “Our modern life is full of stimuli, and unwinding can be a challenge. Spending time in nature helps you reset and recover. Seeing where you stand is the first step towards reducing stress and creating long-term performance”.

 

You can apply for a visit with a Finnish happiness guide now at rentafinn.com and for more information on Finland see visitfinland.com

 

Global inquiries:

Hetta Huittinen, Head of International Media & PR, Business Finland, hetta.huittinen@businessfinland.fi, +358 40,033 9597

You can download press images here. Remember to credit the photographer and source Visit Finland.

Rent a Finn

–        Rent a Finn is an experiment by Visit Finland, part of Business Finland, where ordinary Finns work as happiness guides for travellers visiting Finland during summer 2019

–        The application period for travellers is 18 March – 14 April 2019

–        Learn more and apply at rentafinn.com

 

Visit Finland works to develop Finland’s travel destination brand, marketing Finland to travellers abroad and help companies in the travel industry go global. We cooperate with travel destinations regions, businesses in the travel industry and other export promoters and embassies, Visit Finland is part of Business Finland.

Business Finland is the Finnish innovation funding, trade, investment, and travel promotion organization, headquartered in Helsinki. Business Finland is fully owned by the Finnish Government. Business Finland employs 600 experts in 40 offices globally and in 20 regional offices around Finland. Business Finland is part of the Team Finland network. 

*UN World Happiness Report 2018 http://worldhappiness.report/ed/2018/

The Good Country Index 2019 http://goodcountryindex.org

 

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Rent a Finn Happiness guides

Get to know them.

 

Esko

Esko, the Mayor of Rovaniemi, the hometown of Santa Claus, located next to the Arctic Circle in Lapland, spends most of his summers with his family in their summer cottage. It is probably the most traditional way for the Finns to enjoy summer days.

“I’m happiest spending time in nature with my family. Water in all its forms and fishing are also important to me.”

 

Hanna

Hanna is an IT-marketing professional, who currently studies tourism economics. She is passionate about Finnish Nature and sharing it’s wonders to travellers. She lives in the Metropolitan Southern Finland, but has spent most of her summers sailing in the Archipelago and winters skiing in Lapland, so she is more than familiar with many wonders of Finnish nature. 

“Enjoying the sound of the waves and the beautiful sunsets on some deserted island in the middle of the sea is where I find my happiness from.”

 

Juho

Juho was born and raised in Japan. Today Juho, his fiancé Marjukka and their dog Dobby live in Kirkkonummi, near Helsinki. Juho is an urban farmer and he works in both digital media and health tech business. 

“Simple life in nature inspires me. I value experiencing nature through all the senses. Being present without making a sound or doing something physical in nature. Building a fire, breathing in the morning dew or feeling the soil under my feet.”

 

Katja

Katja is a social services student and a yoga teacher who lives in a very idyllic wooden neighborhood of Helsinki, called Käpylä. She wants to show her guests how to experience nature within the city limits. 

”Meditative moments in nature. Lush forests, calm lakes and saunas. Magical encounters with nature and wildlife, such as deer and birds.”

 

Laura & Joni

Laura, Joni and their dog Watti are an active outdoor family who live in Sodankylä,Northern Lapland. They take daily walks in the forest and spend their weekends hiking and bicycling in the summer and skiing in the winter. 

“We left Southern Finland to live closer to nature in Sodankylä. Our happiness stems from silence and nature’s constant presence. We enjoy the small-town atmosphere. We have our privacy without being completely isolated.”

 

Linda & Niko

Finnish couple Niko and Linda are living their life to the fullest in the middle of the Baltic Sea with their chihuahua Helmi. The couple used to live in the City, but went to the sea and Archipelago so often that they decided it was easier to move house. They currently live in Utö, the southernmost island of Finland. 

“Time runs differently on our island. It seems to slow down somehow, and there is never a need for hurry.”

 

Petri

Petri is a physiotherapist and a nature-lover, who lives with his wife Sini and their dog Ruu in southwest Finland, in a small village called Mathildedal. 

“A natural silence that enchants your mind. Being alone and present. Or a blissful post-sauna beer.”

 

Timo

Timo is from Lapland, currently living in Southern Finland, in a city of Hämeenlinna, with his wife Päivi and their dog Mosku. His work is very closely connected to nature, as he manages museums and exhibitions for the National Parks and Wildlife Service Finland. 

“The sounds of nature, tranquility and gently lapping waves ground me. I want to share this feeling of happiness with the world. There are so many fantastic places in Finland that only locals can show you.”

 

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Mother and Sri Aurobindo, Lakshmi House, Kolkata