The Art of Restorative Healing by Witnessing: Subject Order Sound Emergence from ‘OL-MO-LUNG-RING’

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Rinchenpong Monastery, Sikkim copyright Joy Roy Choudhury

* The Ascrean poet affirms that high mountains were created by Gaia, or the Earth, for the purpose that they might be the loved abode of the gods. (Hesoid, Theogony)

Sacred Mountain Alters /Primal Face: Mt. Meru, Olympus, Asgard, Ararat, Horeb, Sinai, Zion, Olivet, ANCIENT TEOCALLI NEAR TEHUANTEPEC, OAXACA, MEXICO

“Again, Mahamati, what is meant by non-duality?

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Shirdi SAI, the Lord Dattatreya

It means that light and shade, long and short, black and white,

are relative terms, Mahamati, and not independent of each other;

as Nirvana and Samsara are, all things are not-two.

There is no nirvana except where is samsara,

There is no samsara except where is nirvana;

for the condition of existence is not a

mutually exclusive character. Therefore, it is

said that all things are non-dual as are

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Inside the Ralong Monastery  picture copyright Joy Roy Choudhury

nirvana and samsara. (Lankavatara Sutra)

BRAHMAN should not be sought as an objective reality, it

is to be realised in one’s own self .

The contentless consciousness of our own being or self

free from all superimposition of body and the mind, is BRAHMAN.

The 5 sheaths or kosas are modifications of the elements,

born to die and are known to be different from “I”-

the Pure Self.

The Self is beyond all modifications,

unborn, immortal  and the witness of all.

‘The higher form of meditation is therefore considered to be meditation on the principle of sound (nada) which is symbolized by the sacred syllable AUM, a syllable said to include all possibilities of speech since it is made of a guttural, a labial and a nasal sound, all other sounds being unavoidably contained within this triangle”.- (Alain Danielou)

{Ol -unborn

Mo- undiminishing

Lung-prophetic words

Ring- everlasting compassion of Tonpa Shenrab

OL-MO-LUNG-RING}

If your feet have danced

Kalida in between the Lights

Yogishwar Sri Kalipada Guharoy in b/w the Lights

And your hands have waved

You are awake to the tune of the Lord

That moment of clarity is time phenomenal

Reacting on its own (Olmo-lung-ring)

With the luminous scriptures of the soul

Magically interwoven with the life-force

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Doling Monastery picture copyright Joy Roy Choudhury

Giving rise to the density of presence

Appearing apparently real

From the formidable void of a super-luminal absence;

He saw the Dharmarajika stupa

The circular shrine, the apsidal shrine

All that lay scattered everywhere

The burning of alphabets

The crucifixion on the stone

Only touched by the wind

And the rain

Or embalmed by the fire

That moved the cradle to-and-fro

In the destiny of the womb

Where silence is churned

And speech made erect

And blind given the vision to see

The sky’s colourful rainbow

On the edges of the golden bowl

The grass bowl, the rice bowl

Humming with the beautiful monarch butterfly

Or with the skipper or the whistler

The chestnut-bellied nuthatch looked up

Climbing the branches of the pine

It must have recognized

The summer’s pawn on the sleeves of the cloud

Makes merry the rain, clear and loud

Falling with its eternal belongings

Where the river knows the way….

-J

 

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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.

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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.

The Apparent Phenomenal Extension of Objective Space-Time: Ashtavakra’s Non-Dual Consciousness is the Mother of All Realities

Jesus in the Wilderness (Forest of the Retreating Spirit Far Arden Again)

” astavakra uvaca

na te samgo’sti kenapi suddhastyaktumicchasi

Prabhu Jagatbandhu Sundor

Prabhu Jagat Bandhu Sundor

samghatavilayam kurvannevameva layam vraja”

– Astavakra Gita

Astavakra: You are not bound by anything. What does a pure

person like you need to renounce? Putting the complex organism

to rest, you can go to your rest.

 

 

 

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Seven Mirror Lake, Ravangla, South Sikkim 

stillness qualified by witnessing

quantified the process of observation in a single frame

it happens this way when bliss is found

everywhere everything rests in consciousness

truth is this conscious experience where exists no seeker and sought

primordial awareness (rigpa) is a conscious experiencing space

million sutras are emerging from the super-void of chidakasha

they are the galaxies, stars, mountains and lakes                 Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu Old Painting Illustration

each substantial form a mirror unto the other

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creating a chain of synergetic relationships

that dissolve into infinity

and rest in peace

“na te samgo’sti kenapi suddhastyaktumicchasi

samghatavilayam kurvannevameva layam vraja”.

“Noumenon” necessarily is total potentiality. If it functions, in functioning it mustbe subjective, and thereby inevitably objective too. That is to say, subject objectivises itself and so becomes apparent to itself as object, manifesting phenomenally ‘within’ itself. It looks at itself and perceives the universe- which is then apparently outside itself, since objectivisation is a process of apparent objectivisation. Therefore, the phenomenal universe is the objective aspect of the noumenon.

-J

The dynamic space-process that Martin Heidegger calls ‘Enchanted Regioning’: Enlightenment and ‘Thoughts from the far East’

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The Pine Tree, Coronation Throne, Norbugang Chorten, Yuksum, West Sikkim

The tree blooms in spring               561

Standing before it, I

Exchanging grace

In a silent rapture

A thousand years have passed

On this ground where we live and die

The tree and I,

Have felt the wetness of the air

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Yogishwar Sri Kalipada Guharoy

And the wind rushing through the pines

Megha Malhar Raga

Megha Malhar Raga, Hindustani Classical Raga, Associated with the power to bring out rains

Recollecting each and every name

Like a flame

Of the birds and stars, mountains and rivers

Adjacent to each other we stood

The skull and the wood

Green leaves and hair

Teeth and thorns

Shredded underneath this ground

Where we live and die…

listen to Raga Megha Malhar Pandit Jasraj

Holy Mother Sarada Maa

Sarada Maa

Puja antarer puja

Khuje paoyar puja

Chena achenar ei bandhan theke mukti paoyer puja

Jaha bastob tahai satya tahai ananter antar darshaner ananda dhyan

Paripurnatar akhanda jyoti te she nejeke utshorgo koriachey

Ei jyoti antarer bashoman pratik

The only symbol of an eternal deliverance

Sabda Taranga theke bodher uday

Akhyar parichay shei ananter nirbak sritir madhur saisaber bandana

Words are a process of creation of the manifest from the unmanifested sempiternal childhood

There is a field of silence called the lateral unborn field of union

Martin Heidegger called it ‘enchanted regioning’

Rabindranath Tagore and Divine Mother (Mirra Alfassa), Japan,

Rabindranath Tagore and Divine Mother, Japan, circa 1917

In Zen, it is the space of enlightenment; it is dynamic

Sahasra lahari samudrer kampane ek sroter milito pran

Sudhu theke jay nritya o tar chirantan chetona

Sudhu theke jay shei chetona phooler kushume

Jhara patar sree angane

Suryer taploke

Ba jyotshnay snighdha pakhiralaye

Meshpalak unmukto haste dhariyachey meghomallar ke

Baje rudra bina prati koshe

Er artha jagoron maha-mantrer jagoron

Sabda taranger dyoti kaler strot ke shodhon kariachey

“Mother is the discoverer of Man’s secret after he has been stripped of his machines, his religions, his spiritualisms and his materialisms, his Western or Eastern ideologies — when he is himself, simply a heart beating and calling for the Earth-of-Truth, simply a body calling for the Truth of the body, like the seagull’s cry for space and high wind.

It is her secret and her discovery that I will try to tell you.

For Mother is a fairy tale in the cells of the body.

A human cell, what is it?

Another concentration camp … biological this time?”

Or a passport to … where? – The Mind of the Cells, Satprem

-J


Tourism supports 1 in 10 jobs, outpacing global economy for 6th consecutive year, WTTC

Travel & Tourism generated 1 in 10 of the world’s jobs in 2016 as the sector grew by 3.3%, outpacing the global economy for the sixth year in a row, reads a new report by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

WTTC’s Economic Impact Report 2017, which is conducted in conjunction with Oxford Economics, researches the economic impact of Travel & Tourism impact on global level, for 25 regions, and 185 countries.

According to the research, Travel & Tourism grew by 3.3% in 2016, generating US$7.6 trillion worldwide, which is 10.2% of global GDP when the direct, indirect and induced impacts are taken into account. The sector supported a total of 292 million jobs in 2016, which is 1 in 10 of all jobs in the world

Additionally, global visitor exports, which is money spent by foreign visitors, accounted for 6.6% of total world exports, and almost 30% of total world services exports.

David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC, said: “This is the sixth year in a row that Travel & Tourism has outpaced the global economy, showing the sector’s resilience, and the eagerness of people to continue to travel and discover new places, despite economic and political challenges across the world.

The continuous growth of our sector underlines the significance of business and leisure travel in driving economic development and job creation throughout the world.”

Southeast Asia (8.3%) was the region with the fastest growing Travel & Tourism sector in 2016, driven by the expanding Chinese outbound market and the countries own growing markets. Latin America (0.2%) was the slowest growing region. Some countries performed well above the world average, but the Brazilian economy dragged down the whole region.

The other regions registered the following growth: South Asia (7.9%), North East Asia (4.6%), Oceania (4.4%), the Caribbean (3.2%), North America (3.1%), the Middle East (2.7%), Sub-Saharan Africa (2.4%) and Europe (1.6%).

Travel & Tourism is expected to grow by 3.8% in 2017, generating US$ 7.9 trillion. This growth is slower than previously forecast, as a result of a downgrade to the global economy and a dampening of consumer spending.

Over the next decade the sector is forecast to grow at an average of 3.9% per year. By 2027 it will generate more than 11% of the world’s GDP and employ a total of 380 million people. One quarter of all jobs created in the next decade will be supported by Travel & Tourism.

Scowsill continued “The future prospects for Travel & Tourism are good, but the sector continues to face challenges. The impact of terrorism and the rise of populism pose a severe risk to the ability of people to travel efficiently and securely. The sector itself needs urgently to address the impact of growth on destinations and its own contribution to climate change if it is to be sustainable in the long term. The UN’s 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development is a perfect opportunity to explore solutions together. We look forward to welcoming delegates at our upcoming Global Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, 26-27 April where these challenges will be addressed.”

About WTTC:

The World Travel & Tourism Council is the global authority on the economic and social contribution of Travel & Tourism. It promotes sustainable growth for the sector, working with governments and international institutions to create jobs, to drive exports and to generate prosperity. Every year WTTC, together with Oxford Economics, produces its flagship Economic Impact Report, which looks at the socioeconomic benefits of Travel & Tourism on global, regional and country level. This year the report shows data on 25 regional groupings and 185 countries.

Travel & Tourism is a key driver for investment and economic growth globally. The sector contributes US$7.6 trillion or 10.2% of global GDP, once all direct, indirect and induced impacts are taken into account. The sector also accounts for 292 million jobs or one in ten of all jobs on the planet.

For over 25 years, WTTC has been the voice of this industry globally. Members are the Chairs, Presidents and Chief Executives of the world’s leading, private sector Travel & Tourism businesses, who bring specialist knowledge to guide government policy and decision-making, and raise awareness of the importance of the sector.

WTTC’s annual Global Summit brings together over 900 delegates to discuss the opportunities, challenges and issues facing the industry, while its Tourism for Tomorrow Awards recognise the industry’s power to be a positive force in sustainability. This year’s Summit will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, 26 – 27 April 2017.

Annebeth Wijtenburg

Communications Manager

annebeth.wijtenburg@wttc.org

+44 (0) 207 481 6483

Every Moment of Time is Self-Contained and Quiescent- Dogen: Heidegger’s Waiting and the ‘Releasement’ (*Supramental Descent)

Krishna Puja

Krishna Puja German Lithograph circa 1930

“A branch of heaven transplant to human soil;

Nature shall overleap her mortal step;

Fate shall be changed by an unchanging will”.

– The Book of the Divine Mother, Savitri, Sri Aurobindo

Radha Krishna Playing Holi with Companions

Radha and Krishna Playing Holi with their companions

Martin Heidegger once said ‘we are to do nothing but wait’

Rabindranath Tagore and Students, Santiniketan, 1929.

Tagore with Students in Santiniketan circa 1929

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Without any fixed notion or objective

This is a kind of everlasting transcendental openness

With an immense joy one just waits….

Waits and waits and waits…

The song of the universe wells up in the heart

And the myriad colours at the core of one’s being

Attuned to the pure consciousness

Lights the lamp to kindle a billion stars

This is a supramental descent

An act of grace but not by any individual effort

A supraconscient release of the plenum existence

Into an ocean of bliss

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Mantra written by Sri Aurobindo in 1927

Kali Da With Garland

Yogishwar Sri Kalipada Guharoy

Satyachaitanyer matrikore

Anander Utshe bashoman ek pradip

Baye jaay pratiti khane maha-sunyatar shei chanda

Jar nishpap dhani hate prashobito habe ei maha-bishwa

Sudhu pratikhyar alo phutiye tole agamani barta

Ek adi-anadi bairagya adorsho….

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Sonajhuri Forest (Acacia Auriculi), Santiniketan, Birbhum 

-J

Tagore Trails at Mongpu: Studying the Mystery of the Soul and the Universe through Consciousness of Non-Duality

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Rabindranath Tagore’s Summer Home in Monpu which is now a Museum

TAGORE’S SUMMER HOME IN MONGPU, 35 KMS FROM DARJEELING

IT IS NOW A MUSEUM NAMED RABINDRA BHAVAN

TAGORE STAYED HERE 4 TIMES BETWEEN 1938 TO 1940

HIS 80TH BIRTHDAY WAS CELEBRATED THERE WITH LIVE RECITATION OF HIS POEM

‘JANMADIN’ FROM MONGPU BROADCASTED LIVE BY ALL INDIA RADIO

 

A feeling that the soul is cradled by the universe

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Devi Saraswati, Old Calcutta Art Studio Print 

It moves to and fro

Commutes the distance in an inexplicable wonder

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Tagore’s Chair Mongpoo

Through the refrain of an impermanent body,

Clothed in a dream, it peeks at reality

It must surrender itself to a cause beyond cause

And every effect must reap the flower-song and bird-wish

To be realized by the poet and the painter

As the eternal music the redeemer brings

To free us from the round of birth-n-death.

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White Heron Japanese Scroll Zen Painting 

Paradise speaks wantonly

But the museum depleted with memories

Of diaries, letters and blurred photographs

Offers only a brief consolation

Like the rushes singing in the grove

Though these are ways of presencing the past history

But a moment can only be eternized in consciousness

By the prayer of a billion minds

Singing the song in unison

That cradles the universe inside the soul.

To and fro they move

They must meet the stranger

Which is ‘I am always present’.

‘I am THAT-I-AM’.

‘My relative absence is my absolute presence

And my relative presence is my absolute absence’.

-J

Going Back to the Essence: “He who in action sees inaction and action in inaction…he has accomplished all his work” (Bhagavadgita)

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Dharmakaya, Samij Datta, Digital Art /Artist’s Impression, 2012

The single-mindedness of bare attention is a key feature of practicing Mindfulness. Everything is just basic space where apparently ‘things’ get configured or are arranged in the phenomenal world for us to experience. Space and Awareness are both the same thing and they are inseparable. If sugar is space, then sweetness is the awareness of it. But don’t think of awareness of the sweetness of sugar as an Emergent Property, it is not. They cannot be separated. In fact, space is awareness, and, awareness is space. But space is a non-euclidean geometric manifold within the phenomenal universe or in Bohm’s explicate order. There is three-fold space which are mingled in one, the space of pure empty Rigpa or non-dual awareness which enfolds within it the 2 other spaces. This is Chidakasha, the space of primordial awareness which beyond cause and effect and it has no beginning or end. Then it unfolds the mind-space or thought-space which is information space of all events in all timelines in the multiverse. This is Chittakasha, the realm of quantum-energy field or Einstein’s 4 dimensional space-time, however subtle, this space is mentally perceptible but still dualistic compared to Primordial Consciousness Space or Chidakasha. This unfolds into Mahakasha, the universal physically real gross space that we interact with containing stars, galaxies within universes. Awareness is available in all the 3 space-vehicles depending on the conditioning. The Non-dual Awareness Space or Rigpa is empty, as also the 2 other spaces and the knowing of it is Realisation. Well, three-fold space is actually not mingled, but they are pre-mixed which means Chittakasha and Mahakasha are already present in the Chidakasha in an involuted form. The gradual unfolding is the process of evolution through manifestation. Bohm’s Explicate order or the 3-d space is the world of relativity where opposites impose dual conditioning, splitting awareness into subject and object for experience to take place. This is the physical sensory realm, the information being managed at a realm subtler than it, in the Thought-Space or Chittakasha or Bohm’s Implicate Order. Karmic propensities based on cause and effect originate from though-space of still dualistic consciousness. But since the origin of space is empty, therefore, it can take any form without any hindrance. If form is understood not just as thing but as an appearance, a functioning, a process of manifestation then it enables us to see correctly in a non-objective way giving us the self-realization. This is the non-dual awareness. Finally, ”functioning” itself is void and ”voidness” is ”functioning”.

“If it is no problem, why mention it.

Everything spoken means that, 

it’s opposite, & everything else.

I’m alive, I’m dying.”

-Jim Morrison 

 

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Grantchester Meadows along the River Cam, ideal place for rejuvination of the mind, and nature activities like walking and bird watching, picture courtesy Grantchester Tours UK http://grantchestertours.co.uk

Moments of Awareness (Dogen’s Existential Moments or ‘uji’) or Satori are those non-linear discontinuous moments of empty congizance cut out from an apparent continuous time-line where the subject-object split is apperceived and transcended. It requires Total Attention and Clear Awareness in our daily life. The prescription for accomplishing this was given by the Buddha himself in an early sutra: “In what is seen there must be just the seen; in what is heard there must be just the heard; in what is sensed (as smell, taste or touch) there must be just what is sensed; in what is thought there must be just the thought”. (Udana I, translated by Nyanaponika Thera)

The attainment of non-duality is the goal of spiritual evolution. Whatever reality the manifold phenomena possess is empirical and illusory, vyavaharika, but, non-duality is paramarthika, absolute and immutable. “This entire universe is the Purusha alone, both that which was and that which endures for the future”. (Rig Veda)

Grantchester Meadows, Pink Floyd, 1969

‘And a river of green is sliding unseen beneath the trees,
Laughing as it passes through the endless summer making for the sea.
In the lazy water meadow
I lay me down.
All around me,
Golden sunflakes covering the ground,
Basking in the sunshine of a by gone afternoon,
Bringing sounds of yesterday into my city room.’

(Grantchester Meadows, Roger Waters, Pink Floyd, Ummagumma, 1969)

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Temple of Bon, Shambhala, Samij Datta, 2012 Digital Art

The chirping of the skylark, the acoustic guitar and the chorus intermingling with the meadow silence and the memory of the event in the city room are just examples of empty cognizance. True to the song, amidst the silence of the countryside, one connects naturally with the ‘Dharmakaya’ essence through the bardo experience of life, that essence is non-dual awareness, the primordial purity of the mind free of conceptual thinking. At the same time, it’s expression is conceptual thinking. “The splashing of the kingfisher flashing to the water” is one such expression (in the material universe or phenomenal world, all matter comes in discrete units, single electrons, single photons; also discrete moments are entangled with every discrete manifestation of matter-energy) and when we have full attention on that existential moment, we can cut it out from the linear continuity of the explicate order and jump into the thought-space from where it originated, through that with more realization to the primordial essence of the dharmakaya – primordial purity + spontaneous nature. That is our source, we are it, an AWARENESS SPACE OF EMPTY CONGNIZANCE.

“You see time fly

The face changes as the heart breathes and beats

We are not constant

We are an arrow in flight

The sum of the angles change…”/Jim Morrison

-J

 

 

 

 

PRACTICING ‘MINDFULNESS’ in HEALTHCARE SERVICES: ‘Empty Cognizance’ in Non-Dual Space springs forth Compassion/Karuna for All Sentient Beings

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Tashiding Monastery, The Most Sacred Monastery in Sikkim

‘Tashiding Monastery’ or “The Devoted Central Glory” in Sikkim is considered as the most sacred and holiest monastery in Sikkim; belonging to the Nyingma Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, it was built in the year 1717 by revered lama Ngadak Sempa Chempo Phunshok Rigzing. He was one of the three wise men who held the consecration ceremony crowning the first king of Sikkim at Yuksom. Guru Padmasambhava selected the place as he did sadhana in Tashiding in the 8th century and there are many caves which have the energy vibration of his practice in and around Tashiding, located above a hilltop at the site of the confluence of two rivers, Ranjit and Rathang Chu.

The secret golden vase

An image of Padmasambhava on an initiation card, Tibet, 19th Century. Padmasambhava is regarded as the founder of the Nyingma tradition.

An image of Padmasambhava on an initiation card, Tibet, 19th Century. Padmasambhava is regarded as the founder of the Nyingma tradition.

Adorns the waters of all heavens

Blessing earth and its people

To be healthy and wise

to generate all actions from the mindful heart

Beholding karuna for all sentient beings

In the sunlit space of Rigpa

There where clouds dissipate

Leaving no trace of thoughts and illness

Opening inside where stillness pervades

A quiet undertaking of the practice

Summons all the attendant deities and the rainbow lords

To experience the enlightenment ecstasy

of ‘Empty Congizance”

In the ‘Book of Chao’, Seng-Chao discussed that ‘Prajna’ is a kind of ignorance as well because the Ultimate Reality has no qualities and is not a thing, it cannot become an object of knowledge. But, here, we have to understand that the word ignorance refers not to mundane stupidity or callousness but to a higher truth that is encapsulated in primordial purity of our mind. Therefore, it becomes obvious that this is Mindfulness as it is the ‘Direct Insight’ that knows the truth by not knowing. This is also the historical link between TAOISM and the ZEN. In this way we can better appreciate the Spontaneous Perfection of Rigpa in Dzochen Teachings. Truly to know is not to know, that the awakened mind responds immediately, without calculation, and that there is no incompatibility between Buddhahood and the everyday life of the world.

Compassion or ‘loving kindness’ when associated with ‘prajna’ or wisdom which is our essential nature is the key realization experience that gives stability to our being (existence). This when reaches a completion stage by practice of daily ‘mindfulness’ is a valuable asset that can help us improve our HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IN THE 21st CENTURY. It’s not only modern technology and facilities, but also, skillful ways of practising compassion for the health and well-being of all individuals.

-J

PRESS RELEASE

John Hopkins Medicine

25th July 2016, Mobile Health and Wellness Clinic Debuts in Pune for Clinical Research and Community-Based Care
–Project provides a model for innovative health research, care and wellness

John Hopkins

JHU-BJGMC Clinical Research Partnership during a home visit in Pune/Credit: Courtesy of John Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education

The Maryland-based health care informatics company CTIS and its founders, Raj and Bharti Shah, have collaborated with the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education and Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College to equip and dispatch a custom-designed mobile health care services van in the state of Maharashtra in India.

The mobile clinic, the parties say, is designed to address the fact that India assumes a large burden of chronic and infectious diseases, leading the world in deaths related to tuberculosis, cervical cancer and diabetes, and ranking third in the number of people with HIV. While there has been progress in improving India’s clinical infrastructure in the last few decades, they say, the severity of disease and the sheer numbers of patients affected present challenges to addressing health care needs in underserved communities, underscoring the need for innovative approaches, such as mobile clinical care, that augment traditional service delivery models.

Equipped with a $100,000 donation from CTIS and the Shahs, the mobile clinic features advanced laboratory equipment for disease diagnoses, including a GeneXpert rapid TB diagnostic system. The van includes other modern care and treatment capabilities, including mobile radiology equipment.

While mobile clinics sponsored by corporate hospitals and charity organizations have been deployed in Maharashtra primarily to provide health care in rural areas, the group behind this effort say it is novel, in that it will strategically enhance community outreach for tuberculosis screening, research and care, and provide wellness services. Maharashtra is among India’s top regions for cases of drug-sensitive and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, and the service area for the clinic comprises a population of 7 million people, including the city of Pune and surrounding villages.

“A mobile clinic provides a private and confidential environment for community-based health care and research,” says Ajay Chandanwale, dean of Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College. “We are thrilled to collaborate with the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education and Raj and Bharti Shah, and appreciate the generous donation of the mobile clinic.”

Children, adolescents and adults, including pregnant and post-partum women, will be served. The mobile clinic’s capabilities will augment ongoing tuberculosis research, including monitoring households with people who have patients with TB and multidrug-resistant TB. While such research is critical for informing tuberculosis control strategies and science at the national level, the mobile clinic will also be used for targeted, community-based health and wellness programs that promote healthful living, Chandanwale says.

“We are highly committed to affecting broad changes in India’s ability to address serious health issues while simultaneously providing wellness programs that serve communities,” says CTIS CEO Raj Shah. “CTIS is pleased to provide a tool that can be used to deliver preventive services, health screening and care where they are needed.”

Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education Director Robert Bollinger, M.D., M.P.H., says the support from the Shahs will lead to improvements in health and wellness in Maharashtra, as well as provide a model for innovative health research, care and wellness for the rest of India. “The Shah mobile clinic really extends the reach of health services for communities and patients with limited resources, and it will be a tremendous asset to the Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College-Johns Hopkins University research partnership.”

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About CTIS

CTIS, based in Rockville, Maryland, provides informatics solutions for clinical trials and research, and empowers patients and providers with technology-based health care solutions. Through the use of IT, it helps organizations produce efficient and effective outcomes. Its business is the capture, storage and use of information in health and biomedical science. It offers a patient-driven approach to informatics — improving privacy, security and safety. www.ctisinc.com
About the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education

The Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education is dedicated to improving health outcomes in resource-limited communities through clinical research and training, and by empowering health care providers and health researchers to develop and lead advancements in clinical research, practice and policy. www.ccghe.net
About Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College

Located in Pune, India, Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College is among the top 10 medical schools in India. It is affiliated with a state-funded, 1,500-bed tertiary care public hospital, Sassoon General Hospital, which has a large outpatient program composed of 21 clinics and links to multiple NGOs in the community. The partnership between the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education and Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College was initially established in 1999 for HIV studies and now investigates other infectious diseases, noncommunicable diseases and comorbidities. www.bjmcpune.org

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Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM), headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, is a $7.7 billion integrated global health enterprise and one of the leading academic health care systems in the United States. JHM unites physicians and scientists of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with the organizations, health professionals and facilities of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System. JHM’s vision, “Together, we will deliver the promise of medicine,” is supported by its mission to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care. Diverse and inclusive, JHM educates medical students, scientists, health care professionals and the public; conducts biomedical research; and provides patient-centered medicine to prevent, diagnose and treat human illness. JHM operates six academic and community hospitals, four suburban health care and surgery centers, and more than 39 primary and specialty care outpatient sites under the umbrella of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians. JHM extends health care into the community and globally through Johns Hopkins Home Care Group, Johns Hopkins Medicine International and Johns Hopkins HealthCare. The Johns Hopkins Hospital, opened in 1889, has been ranked number one in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 22 years of the survey’s 26-year history. For more information about Johns Hopkins Medicine, its research, education and clinical programs, and for the latest health, science and research news, visit www.hopkinsmedicine.org.

 

 

 

 

 

Earth Day Message: Abandonment of A Phenomenal Centre Ruled by a Fictional Self is the Way to Enlightenment

mother ganges old book leaflet

Mother Ganges, Old Rare Booklet

“Kings of Shambhala……According to Buddhist legend, the first ‘notable’ king of Shambhala, King Suchandra (or Chandrabhadra, Tib. Dawa Sangpo), was the one who requested teaching from the Buddha that would allow him to practice the dharma without renouncing his worldy enjoyments and responsibilities. In response to his request, the Buddha gave the first Kalachakra root tantra. By practicing the Kalachakra the whole of Shambhala became an enlightened society, with Suchandra as the ruler”. (From http://balkhandshambhala.blogspot.in/)

Liquid drops of youthful yearning *”this entire universe is the Purusha”/Rig-Veda

Fulfilling the desire of the sacred tree  Peacock dancing

Sail in its dream * The light that illumines the sun is the light of Brahman-Mundaka Upanishad

Sometimes the drought begs for a song –a rain song

Written by the birds

baby krishna and durga hand painted lithograph kolkata c 1880

Old Painting Bengal: MaaDurga Holding Baby Krishna

Tweeted from mind to mind

Giraffe at the Buffalo Springs Reserve in Kenya

Giraffe at the Buffalo Springs National Reserve, Kenya

By the prajna of a timeless being playing with itself

Red Squirrel picture by Oliver Creamer

Red Squirrel

We are aboard a ship that would cross the shores of destiny

We have crossed many oceans and mountains

We are plainly not suffering here

But have danced as the timeless being in the vehicle of our consciousness

An undivided whole that it is imperceptible to the reality we invoke in the phenomenal world

We are the immeasurable source apperceived in the zero fluctuations of a timeless moment in the interlude of a metrical verse

Those are order without ordering

Number without numbering

In the mindless dots of infinitude of circles that are radiating in and out in a bubble enclosed by another  ad infinitum

Then who writes the song whispered ear to ear no one knows?

Or, I am not the universe is my self *Noumenally there is no entity to be bound

She is the river of changing thoughts *Phenomenally there is no entity to be free

Drowning in the bubble-pack

Is holding the sun like dew drop in the spider’s web

To mirror the thunder and rain

That comes and goes

Like the childhood of a BOY IN THE AGELESS MOMEMORY OF A NURSERY RHYME (RASA-LILA) THIS IS SPONTANEOUS RESPONSE WITHOUT VOLITIONAL ACTIVITY

-J

 

Dogen’s Dimensionless Points as ‘Moments of Awareness’ in a Non-Durational Time Axis: Existence as Supra-Causal Enlightenment of the Un-Born

Philadelphia Museum of Art Collections Object Shiva Carrying the Dead Sati

Lord Shiva Carrying Sati circa Bengal Patachitra, 19th Century, Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection

“The Final Chakra is Niralambasthana which consists of an infinite series of lobes, colours, matrikas, devas, worlds, it’s considered as the Highest seat of the Gurudeva”. ..Beyond this series there is a set of 20 voids and the Final Liberation takes place in the Great Void”. -(Pandit Gopinath Kaviraj)

 

Kalida in between the Lights

YOGISHWAR, Sri Kalipada Guharoy

Void(n)……Chidakasha (Super-Implicate)—–Chittakasha (Implicate)—–Maha-Kasha (Explicate, Space-Time Geometry)

Babaji Maharaj pic

Maha-Avatar Babaji Maharaj

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Lord Krishna on a White Lotus ZEN DOCTRINE OF NO-MIND called the MIND/Buddha Mind/Zen Mind/the ‘Self’/the Void

WHAT IS THE SUBSTANCE OF THIS BUDDHA OR DHARMA NATURE?

ANSWER: ‘KU’ OR ‘SUNYATA’ -THIS IS NOT MERE EMPTINESS BUT THAT WHICH IS LIVING, DYNAMIC, DEVOID OF MASS, UNFIXED, BEYOND INDIVIDUALITY OR PERSONALITY- THE MATRIX OF ALL PHENOMENA

‘AT THE TIME I CLIMBED THE MOUNTAIN AND CROSSED THE RIVER, DID I NOT EXPERIENCE THE TIME I AM IN THIS BUILDING?’ -DOGEN (EXTRACT FROM SHOBOGENZO)

‘MOST THOUGHT-PROVOKING THING IN OUR THOUGHT-PROVOKING TIME IS THAT WE ARE STILL NOT THINKING”. – MARTIN HEIDEGGER

*INFORMATION GROWS ALONG WITH DISORDER. IF BLACK HOLES OBEY THE SECOND LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS, THEY CANNOT WIPE OUT INFORMATION.

*3 DIFFERENT KINDS OF SPACES DISCUSSED IN THE UPANISHADS:

1. MAHAKASHA: GROSS SPACE THAT CONTAINS GROSS OBJECTS

2. CHITTAKASHA: MENTAL SPACE /THOUGHT-SPACE

3. CHIDAKASHA: SPACE OF PURE INTELLIGENCE /SUPREME SPACE/BRAHMAN

The New Year isn’t anything new

Vaishnodevi Navratri Festival

Sri Vaishnodevi during Navratri Festival

Time doesn’t move

Lord Vishnu on Garuda

Lord Vishnu on Garuda

It only stops at dimensionless points

Giving rise to awareness of a timeless plane of existence

Every moment there exists this Shiva-wall time

Talk time, walk time, running time, rowing time, golf time and zillion other moments of awareness

They enact the drama of the world unfolding the flow of its empty source

He stood as if there was a life-time of being in the stillness of gyrations

Static dynamic ensemble of the clothed desires of life, reveal the nakedness of being

He tears the ravaged body flashing light unto flesh and bones

Death is the sonorous mystery singing the joy of breath (prana) through the interface of mind and matter

Who stood there silent and strong?

sri caitanya maha-prabhu

Sri Caitanya Maha-Prabhu

Fearlessly quiet like a shadow in a dream

Rising to meet the vision of one’s plenitude

Darkness the abode of the blessed light

Blinded by the passion of its intelligence forgets the empty nature of things

Who is there standing alone?

Carrying the weight of a heavy heart

Broken by the cry and scream of the spirits alive or dead

Who is there living alone, carrying the mangled body of his lover?

Who is and not?

Lithograph Advertisement of Kali Cigarette, Calcutta Art Studio, C1885-1895

Maha-Kali

Lightning flash

The Hindustan Times Coverage of Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo report in the Hindustan Times 6th December 1950

And thunder roaring with gusty winds

That takes away the hollow from every reservoir

With every drop there is replenishment of the soul

The bird is flying

Silent crawls deep into the abysmal depths

The fish gleans across the golden horizon

A moment that awakes to another moment is forever new…

Garva Khetre taranger janma budhoday hate

Budhoday hate utsho koti nakhatrer karon deho (causal-body)

Maha-karon deho maha-moner lalat shikha

Adi ananter ek divyya rajani sahashra koti atmar ek milan sthal

Hari Om Tat Sat

Jay Om Maa

-J