The Flower of Life

 Image: Luminokaya

Image: Luminokaya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The most common form of the “Flower of Life” is hexagonal pattern (where the center of each circle is on the circumference of six surrounding circles of the same diameter), made up of 19 complete circles and 36 partial circular arcs, enclosed by a large circle.

The “Seed of Life” is formed from seven circles being placed with sixfold symmetry, forming a pattern of circles and lenses, which acts as a basic component of the Flower of Life’s design.

The Temple of Osiris at Abydos, Egypt contains the oldest to date example. it is carved in granite and may possibly represent the Eye of Ra a symbol of the authority of the pharaoh. Other examples can be found in Phoenician, Assyrian, Indian, Asian, Middle Eastern, and medieval art.

Drunvalo Melchizedek has called these figures symbols of sacred geometry, asserting that they represent ancient spiritual beliefs, and that they depict fundamental aspects of space and time. Melchizedek claims that Metatron’s Cube may be derived from the Flower of Life pattern, and that the Platonic solids within it were “thought to act as a template from which all life springs”. Melchizedek has been teaching the Flower of Life at workshops since 1985.

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Mantra and Mind

Mantra should be received from a guru. A book cannot determine the correct mantra for you. Just as a cartridge needs to be struck by the hammer of the gun in order to fire, so the mantra needs to be struck by the hammer of the guru in order to explode the consciousness. The relationship between the guru and disciple is only the mantra. When guru gives mantra to the aspirant, he becomes a disciple. One who is working with and developing the mantra is a disciple. With the help of the mantra, he is trying to fix the samskaras, the different formations of the mind.

The guru has to decide the mantra for you on the basis of your zodiac sign, temperament, illness, or spiritual path. After receiving the mantra from your guru, you must practise it every day for five to ten minutes. No matter how powerful your mantra is, unless you practise it, you will gain nothing.

The mantra has to be repeated thousands of times. In the beginning you repeat it on the audible plane. The vibrations are external and the effects are gross. But gradually, as your mind becomes quieter and quieter, the vibrations grow more powerful. The mantra then goes deeper into the consciousness, pierces through the conscious mind and the subconscious mind and penetrates into the unconscious mind. Once the mantra enters into the unconscious mind, it destroys all samskaras and mental formations. Therefore, the mantra must be repeated regularly with the mala. If your mantra is Om, practise five malas every day. If you don’t have time in the morning, do it at night. Many householders never practise mantra at night because they are confused about certain taboos. They feel that it is not proper to practise mantra after maithuna, but according to tantra, the effect of mantra is far greater at this time. So if you have fixed five malas each night, you must do it. Regardless of what sort of life you lead, practise first and then sleep.

The mantra is a purifying force. Nothing in the world can pollute the mantra; nothing can make it impure. Mantra can purify all corruption. It is such a great purifier that no matter what you eat, how you live, what you think, or which religion you belong to, it will dominate and destroy all the samskaras. When the samskaras are destroyed and the veil is split asunder, you will see the divinity shining like the sun before you. What you have been searching for is not far away. There is only a veil between you and me, which has to be destroyed by the mantra shakti, mantra yoga. Om is the most powerful, the most benign of all the mantras.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Goddess Saraswati

Goddess Saraswati

The Mental Universe

A fundamental conclusion of the new physics also acknowledges that the observer creates the reality. As observers, we are personally involved with the creation of our own reality. Physicists are being forced to admit that the universe is a “mental” construction. Pioneering physicist Sir James Jeans wrote: “The stream of knowledge is heading toward a non-mechanical reality; the universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine. Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter, we ought rather hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter. Get over it, and accept the inarguable conclusion: the universe is immaterial-mental and spiritual.

R.C. Henry, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University , “The Mental Universe”

 

Image: NASA, The Milky Way Over North America

Image: NASA, The Milky Way Over North America

Patience In Thought, Words and Actions

Patience is strength. It is the greatest and sublimest power. Patience can work wonders. It can move mountains. Patient working can achieve anything in this world. It will surmount every obstacle in the search after truth. A patient man can have what he will. Everything comes if you will wait. To know how to wait is the great secret of success. Patience lies at the root of all pleasures. Patience develops willpower and the power of endurance. Be patient in little things. Learn to bear the daily trials and annoyances quietly and calmly. You will develop great strength and bear severe calamities, privations, sufferings and adversities. Patience strengthens the spirit, sweetens the temper, stifles anger, develops the will-force, extinguishes jealousy, subdues pride, controls the organ of speech, and restrains the hand.

Swami Sivananda Saraswati

 

Image: Juliette Bates

Image: Juliette Bates

Sacrifice

“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.”
Charles Bukowski, Factotum

 

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, How Sir Galahad, Sir Bors and Sir Percival Were Fed with the Sanct Grael, 1864

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, How Sir Galahad, Sir Bors and Sir Percival Were Fed with the Sanct Grael, 1864


Rossetti once described Malory’s Morte d’Arthur as one of the greatest books in the world and drew inspiration from it for a number of his designs. Here he unites two scenes from the text. One relates to Percival, who achieves the Grail quest with his fellow knights, Galahad and Bors. The other relates to his sister who gives her life to heal a woman who could only be saved by the blood of a virgin. Rossetti shows the knights receiving the Grail before an altar. Beside them Percival’s sister lies on the ground awaiting burial. The lily symbolises her purity.

Have It All

“Go inwards. Find your inner space, and suddenly, you will find an explosion of light, of beauty, of ecstasy – as if suddenly thousands of roses have blossomed within you and you are full of their fragrance.”
OSHO

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Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Spring (detail), 1894

Believing that we can’t have it all is a result of limited thinking that keeps us trapped in the belief that there isn’t enough of everything to go around, and that we can’t live the lives of our dreams.

Manifesting abundance is not about willing it into being by the force of our desire, but rather allowing it to come into our lives by learning to let go of our self-imposed limitations. Breaking free from these beliefs and limitations, lets us see that sometimes we really can have our cake and eat it too… The state of abundance is a spiritual dilemma we can resolve by ourselves.

Parallel Universe

“There was a time in my life not so long ago, that I experienced a moment that could only be described as pure love and happiness.
It was as if love and happiness were finally real to me and were something tangible, embodied in that moment.
They were in everything I could hear, touch, taste or smell.
I could see them with my very eyes – reflected back at me in someone else’s.
They were all around me, breathing life into me, as if wrapping me up in a blanket.

And in that moment I caught a glimpse of something.
A parallel universe – a way things could have been.
An alternate reality where that love and happiness were mine to keep, a place where I didn’t have to let them go.

I only hope that one day…. many years from now when I am an old lady and I close my eyes for the last time – I will open them again and find myself there.”

Ranata Suzuki

John William Waterhouse, Gone but not forgotten, 1873

John William Waterhouse, Gone but not forgotten, 1873