The Great ‘Pause’ and ‘Liberation’: Mircea Eliade’s The Myth of Eternal Return

Padmasambhava Cave, Ravangla Sarchog Bayphug the Cave of the East

“There is neither creation nor destruction,

Neither destiny nor free will,

Neither path nor achievement;

This is the final truth. – Sri Ramana Maharshi

“What is the Buddhamind?”

“It is your (only) mind. When you apperceive it subjectively it can be called Suchness. When you apperceive its immutability it can be called Dharmakaya. It is not any thing, so it may be called Liberation. Its functioning is imperceptible, undistrubed by any object, so it may be called pure TAO. Never born, it can never die, so it may be equated with Nirvana.” – Bodhidharma

“An individual, one with cosmic self

Rinchenpong Monastery

In the heart of the Transcendent’s miracle

And the secret of World-personality

Was the creator and the lord of all.

Mind was a single innumerable look

Upon himself and all that he became.

Life was his drama and the Vast a stage,

The universe was his body, God its soul.

All was one single immense reality,

All its innumerable phenomenon”.

– Sri Aurobindo, Savitri

Jesus and the Children

THE CHILD IN YOUR ARMS

Where does he come from?

Does he belong to your heart’s throbbing motion

that resounds with the ebb and flow of the universe?

Does he mirror in your mind the rustling in the trees, the soft

lullaby of birds in the wake of the passing clouds?

Does he kindle the fire in the lost horizon?

Or, the stone that shines his face in the vermilion sun?

Sandhar taposhe samayer hriday anando pather ek antim pathik,

Tar sure ekak chander gunjan alokanandar madhumay srinjan…

Kepe uthe pakhir dana, samudrer kurma tat ar himadrir sital pati…

Kar ashrito hridaye beje uthe shankhya dhwani, mridanger tan?

Kon pushpito ashru jare marubhumir prantare?

Rajanir rachanay nadir buk chire badonar naibadya gagane gagane abhra jyotirmoy shikha

….kalantare suryera pan kare madhu

Who is the child in your arms?

Is he the sonorous beauty in a lap of grass,

dewy flakes on a lotus bud, nestling or resting?

Does he have home of his own, a playground,

a place in the hills, where the murmuring streams flow,

beside wild berries, cedar and pine?

Desert sands, fig and palm leaves are scattered everywhere

The smoke is the dust at the feet of these enormous columns

The river sways, and unknown are it’s ways

The tossed up waves remain anonymous and same

These are formations in the mind, only, apparently real;

They come and go leaving stillness behind

When all seeking is meaningless then the seeker is the sought,

There is nothing else,

By non-doing there is peace in the universe

Heaven and Earth conjoined float in bliss

The universe gazes and gazes at itself

At the very heart of things, existence is blissful forever

When there is Prajna and Dhyana always in unison

then the child is truly born from Light

This is birth by Immaculate Conception (Sri Ramakrishna, Jesus, Prabhu Jagatbandhu Sundar)

Though he seeks darkness but he finds none

since when he shines there is complete obliteration of darkness and avidya

The child in your arms is your own manifestation only in a different formation

which too will cease to exist

Then all is pervasively still – knowing by not knowing…

-J


PRESS INFORMATION:

The New York Film Academy (NYFA) proudly introduces its newest location in Mumbai, India, which welcomed its first students this month. Mumbai is located in the heart of the world’s largest film industry and is the home of Bollywood.

NYFA

MYFA Mumbai workshops are held at the Urmi Estate (95 Ganpatrao Kadam Marg, Lower Parel [West] Mumbai, Maharashtra 400 013, India). The Urmi Estate is a modern 41 story skyscraper located in the heart of the city.

“The New York Film Academy turns 25 this year, and we’re thrilled to add this beautiful new location in Mumbai to the global NYFA family,” said Kitty Koo, NYFA Vice President – Mumbai, India. “There is no place better than Mumbai, India, the land of Bollywood.”

As is the case with all of NYFA’s locations and workshops, the Mumbai filmmaking workshops focus on learning in a hands-on film environment where students have the opportunity to make a fully-realized final film.

The acting for film workshops provide students with a strong foundation of acting skills with a specific focus on the basic elements of the craft of acting, using Stanislavski’s System, scene study, and monologue work as starting points. Students also participate in courses aimed specifically at training the actor for the technical requirements of acting on a film set.

“We’re proud to bring our innovative film and acting for film programs to Mumbai, India, an epicenter for world cinema,” added NYFA President Michael Young. “We look forward to teaching a whole new generation of Indian filmmakers and actors.”

As those who have taken a workshop with NYFA know, the workload is considered intensive, meaning students must be prepared to live and breathe the program during their enrollment.

“Taking that experience from NYFA, I was able to act as a major supporting role in ‘Baahubali’,” said NYFA alumnus Rakesh Varre, who plays Setu Patti in “Baahubali: The Conclusion.” The film has become the highest grossest Indian film in history, and has even been impressive in the North American market.

For those interested in studying in Mumbai, please visit www.nyfa.edu/mumbai for more information.

Press Inquires Contact: maya.koshaba@nyfa.edu

New York Film Academy:

With locations all around the world, the New York Film Academy has grown into an international film and performing arts school with a focus on learning by doing, providing its students with hands-on instruction.

Students can choose to enroll in one of the Academy’s MFA, MA, BFA, BA, and AFA U.S. accredited degree programs and short-term workshops in filmmaking, acting for film, photography, producing, 3D animation, cinematography, screenwriting, documentary filmmaking, game design, musical theatre, broadcast journalism, music video, graphic design, and digital editing. Degree programs are offered only at our Los Angeles, California & South Beach, Florida campuses.

With more than 8,000 students from over 100 countries, NYFA offers courses in New York City, Los Angeles, South Beach (Miami), Sydney & Gold Coast in Australia, Florence, Mumbai, India and more.

The New York Film Academy’s Florence, Italy location holds film and acting programs in a renovated renaissance era building, across the street from Le Cappelle Medici, moments away from the Duomo. Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Bruce Springsteen, Al Pacino, Robert Downey Jr., Kevin James, Jamie Foxx, and Jodie Foster are among the many figures in the film industry that have sent their family members to study at the New York Film Academy. For more information, please visit nyfa.edu.