The In-ward Turn to Re-Confirm Who You Really Are…Ratha Yatra 2020 Towards A Deep Understanding of Sat-Chit-Ananda

Ratha Yatra 2020

Sat-Chit-Ananda or Existence-Consciousness-Bliss is the Nature of the Self

That’s what you Really Are

Once that is established as realization then the TRUE Understanding of Ratha Yatra will dawn in ….

Then Our Engagement with the world will subsequently change …

We will be One with Everything else…

We will be one with all sentient beings, One with the Universe

Service to the Nation, service to the world springs spontaneously from such understanding

That journey towards the inner-self is the TRUE RATHA YATRA

Here Ratha or Chariot is the body/mind complex which the charioter (Intelligence/Buddhi) drives towards Pure Consciousness -Existence-Bliss

This is the true sadhana or spiritual praxis of Lord jagganatha, Devi Shubadra and Lord Balarama

Then you are not seeking ananda but you are ANANDA itself

Then you are not seeking existence but you are EXISTENCE itself

Then you are not seeking consciousness but you are CONSCIOUSNESS itself

This merging back into the Self is not a process because there is no DOING involved here

It is a RE-COGNITION that you are the Reality of Everything

Everything exists from sub-quantum Planck length particles to macro-clusters like galaxies and giant black holes in YOU THE CONSCIOUSNESS

That is Sat-Chit-Ananda

What happens after the realisation?

Your engagement with the universe changes….things are no more separate but you are that Reality

You vibrate with all beings because all beings are in you the Consciousness

You have become all that or rather you appear as all that…

The difficult situation that the world is going through right now is slowly evolving us towards that DEEPER FUNDAMENTAL REALITY ….

Satyam Jnanam Anantam Brahma (Brahman)

Science is slowly recognizing that there are as many as 36, if not, more, intelligent communicable civilizations in our galaxy alone….and there are trillions and trillions of galaxies in this universe and there are other universes as well

The name, form, function will vary but the substantial fundamental reality on which these universes appear, play around and disappear is ONE SAT-CHIT-ANANDA BRAHMAN and YOU ARE THAT

SPACE, TIME, CAUSALITY ARE ALL APPEARANCES IN YOU THE PURE CONSCIOUSNESS

THIS IS THEN PURNATWAM – THE FULLNESS

THERE IS NO BEGINNING NO END – (ADI ANADI…..) BECAUSE TIME IS ITSELF IN THIS CONSCIOUSNESS WHICH IS NON-DUAL (ADWAITAM)

With that understanding of ONENESS, what comes out spontaneously is KARUNA or COMPASSION

AND YOU PRAY FOR EVERYONE

THIS IS SWASTHA OR WELL-BEING (ABIDING IN THE SELF)

To be in that understanding is STHITA-PRAJNA of Gita (One of Steady Knowledge)….in that UNDIVIDED WHOLENESS YOU SEE HOW THE THE DANCE OF FORMS APPEAR, PLAY AROUND AND DISAPPEAR….you enjoy the dance you become that dance though you are FOREVER STILL IN THE LOTUS OF YOUR HEART

-J

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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

Contact Information:

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PHONE NO. : 91-33-2466 4983
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CONTACT PERSON : Dr. Suresh Kumar Banerjee, Registrar

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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

 

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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