Feels good to be back here at the ashram. Everything is fresh and green after good rains. We will soon be celebrating Deepam and the fire will once more be lit on top of Arunachala. We look forward to welcoming many of you back here and of course welcoming our new visitors. As i have often said the energy of Arunachala will help you to realise the Truth of who you really are. This Truth is hidden behind the illusiory self – the small self people are conditioned to believe they are. The Shiva energy of Arunachala is also known as ” the destroyer of illusion.” When one sees through this illusion the real Self shines through.
Recently I have often found myself repeating the following: Awakening is not a cure for life! I meet many who seem to imagine that if they awaken to Truth only so called “good things” will happen to them. Life is as it is and what we are passing through right now is challenging. It’s OK to feel challenged, sad, angry etc etc. We can only meet what comes and let it pass through us, remembering that anything that comes and goes is not who we truly are.
Many blessings to the people of Zimbabwe in connection with Robert Mugabe’s resignation. Blessings that you are now free to elect a president with a good heart – someone who will work for the healing and well being of all the people of Zimbabwe. I know Zimbabweans are generally speaking a peaceful people and now have a chance to build a country that will reflect this.
The English version of my book ” The Cosmic Airport” is now available on Amazon Kindle.
Jacqueline was recently interviewed by Kelly Meehan for Soul Baby Radio in Los Angeles on the topic of Cosmic Conception. There is now a link on the Audio page here on the website. You can also click here to listen
An International Spiritual Festival is being held from 16th to 18th March 2018 at Zorba the Buddha, New Delhi. I will be holding a full day workshop as part of the event on Saturday 17th March. The title will be: “Relationship – Rising in Love”. Please check schedule page for more details.
I am now spending a little time in Denmark and held a short Satsang and a late 70th birthday celebration a few days ago. Many thanks for all gifts and donations for the work. I expect to hold a Heart Energy Transmission here very soon and will put information about this on the schedule page.
Before leaving India I celebrated my 70th birthday at the ashram. Many thanks to all who came from Bangalore to celebrate with us. Also a big thank you to all who sent their greetings from around the world. I hope I managed to acknowledge each mail but perhaps some were overlooked along the way as there were so many. Our webmaster, Ashwita, is away on vacation right now but when she comes back I’ll ask her to put up some photos and a short greeting I recorded.
I remember my 60th birthday held in Denmark. During the evening celebration the mother of one of my students came to me and said, “Now that you’re 60 you can do whatever you like!” I replied with something like, “Oh, I didn’t know we were supposed to wait until we were 60!” Well, now I’m 70 and no-one has told me what I’m supposed to do. I do hope I can manage to figure it out by myself!
This coming Sunday evening, 27th, Jaro, Marta and friends in Czech Republic are holding a benefit concert for Singing Heart Ashram. We are very grateful to them. Saravanan was really touched when he heard about it. You are welcome to send your blessings.
Hopefully there will soon be more information on the schedule regarding events for the rest of the year. We are still waiting for a few things to fall into place in California.
Arjuna and I recently returned from a short visit to Leela Center where we spent time with Toby and Thongriela. Anne-Louise and Ivania also joined us and the two of them and myself spent some time together looking at next steps for the project in Brazil. I expect we will hold a second conference on this sacred land in March 2018 and will soon post more information about Brazil here on the website. Many thanks to you all for those wonderful days together.
As many of you know we had a wonderful 6 day retreat at Leela Center in Sweden earlier this month. Many thanks to all of you who attended and to dear Toby and Thongriela for the wonderful way they looked after us.
I don’t have many programs arranged yet for the rest of the year as I expect to go to USA very soon now. Hopefully I can be more clear about future dates for programs after this visit. On 26th June I will hold a Heart Transmission session here in Copenhagen. There are still a couple of seats left. Perhaps an evening will soon be held at “Den Magiske Have” here in Denmark. People who would like to organise a Heart Transmission session in their area are welcome to contact me.
Towards the end of the year I expect to be back in India and will as usual hold a New Year ceremony on the evening of 31st December. A silent meditation retreat will happen at the ashram from 2nd – 9th Jan. 2018.
So much is happening in the world at the moment and many feel very insecure. Much change has to happen and as always I suggest the following:
- Stay “tuned in” – hold the highest vibration you can and at the same time be grounded.
- Whatever comes up don’t judge yourself. Judgement is extremely disempowering.
- Remember not only to visit your heart but to move in permanently!
- Don’t take yourself too seriously.
- Don’t believe everything you hear on the news. I just heard on BBC that Ken (of Ken and Barbie) is getting a 21st century makeover WOW!!! I don’t think that was fake news!
- Remember to switch off wi-fi at night and switch off smartphones if you are resting etc.
- Look after the bodies: massage, yoga, dance, walking in nature for the physical body, love and compassion nourish the emotional body, pure teachings nourish the mental body and, of course, meditation nourishes everything.
- Do your best to live the teachings.
What we may be destined to become
Martinus: The Double Poled Human Being – The Third Sex
Questions about Relationship from Students.
After answering a mail I received from someone I know well, I felt inspired to share part of the question and my answer here on the newsletter.
Question: Is there a way to use the current system of banking and daily existence and yet not be part of the power and control cycle? Seeing how the current system is really being controlled by a handful of individuals, must it be broken before there is hope for a better way? Or can it at least used in a conscious manner?
My answer: The first that comes to me is what the Master Jesus referred to as “being in the world but not of it“. We have incarnated here and can give the best we have and at the same time do our best not to get pulled into the drama and to remember who we really are. This is easy to say but can be a real challenge to constantly put into practice! This is where meditation / witnessing can be a great tool.
Some of us have to work very much within the system in order to do what is ours to do – others not so much. We can endeavour to do what we must do An example of this could be moving to a bank that is very “green” compared to others but still in some way part of the system. For many people refusing to use a bank would result in them not being able to do what they are here to do, not being able to receive salaries, pensions etc! That would not serve anybody.
About the system you ask: “must it be broken before there is hope for a better way?” I used to believe we could build bridges between the old and the new but later could see that isn’t always possible because the very foundations of most systems are so rotten and corrupt. This is why this difficult and quite violent astrological aspect – Pluto / Uranus square – that has been with us for a few years now is so important. This square demands the total breakdown of the old hierarchical structures (Pluto in Capricorn) in order to set humanity free (Uranus in Aries)
As you also suggest, we can use what we need to use in as conscious a way as possible. Remember we are all part of the collective energy fields: many people are having difficulty believing that such a huge manipulation of consciousness is actually happening. However the more people who are willing to wake up and look at how we have been deceived the easier it will be to expose and transform the systems on this planet. As I believe you know the New Age movement with it unenlightened focus on always being positive held many people back from looking at what was really going on! They got the message that if you look at the so called “negative” you only made it stronger.
So we can do our best to live the teachings, stay in touch with the heart no matter what and create the best possible structures that enable us to carry out our Dharma.
A couple of minutes after I sent this reply to the person concerned I received the following from another source:
I’m sure many can also relate to this!
I recently held a 3 day program in Bangalore. It was wonderful to be there with all who attended. Thank you all for being there. Many thanks to Ashwita who did a great job of organising and to Rohit for his contribution. I’d also like to thank Sumant, Ashwita’s father, for making sure I didn’t get too lost walking around on the big campus!
I recently received the following article from Kosmos. In a way it’s nothing new for many of you but I feel it’s good to be reminded. Sitting in the taxi on the way to Bangalore I suddenly found myself contemplating the fact that we know today that our “inner computor” decodes the signals we receive and thus we experience what we call “reality”. However our 5 senses are only “programmed” to decode part of the total reality. It came to me how important it is that as children are growing up they are helped to decode as much as possible of the 5 sense reality and beyond. With so much focus on technology I see children becoming what I would call “tuned out instead of tuned in”. With so much focus on technology – and at such an early age when the focus should actually be on helping children to incarnate fully into the physical body and feel safe – children are being tuned in to a very narrow band of reality.
Long ago Rudolph Steiner, well known for Steiner or Waldorf education, warned people that in the times we now live in there would even be vaccines that would turn chilldren away from their natural inclination towards spirituality.
Sitting in the taxi I began thinking about indigenous peoples and shamans. I also found myself remembering old cowboy movies where we saw red Indian scouts listening to the signs in nature – decoding the signals. Now people are focussing on a reality that is not in tune with nature and is far away from heart and being.
When I arrived back at the ashram I saw I had received the following essay from Kosmos Online and wish to share it with you.
|FEBRUARY 21ST, 2017
Why Have We Imprisoned Our Children?
It’s heartbreaking. When I see a toddler who can barely speak, screaming for her parent’s smartphone or tablet, I’m filled with sadness. My own children, now young adults, were the first ‘wired-in’ generation. As a parent I learned where the traps lie – the emotional meltdowns around wifi access or the latest interactive game, cyberbullying in middle school, and the torrent of violent, highly sexualized and disturbing content that floods pre-teen minds despite feeble ‘parental controls’. Parents have trouble unplugging as well.
When we talk about evolutionary human consciousness, we don’t say much about the consciousness of children. Somewhere along the way, lots of kids lost touch with Nature and their innate sense of wonder and freedom. We confine them instead to an extended sentence of ‘youth culture’, and let marketers be their wardens. What has resulted is deep collective suffering for young and old alike. We have isolated kids from the whole of creation and are poorer for it. Most schooling only reinforces this disconnection.
There is hope because there must always be hope. Some young people are waking up and educating themselves about the effects of growing up in a runaway consumerist culture. They are bringing raw wisdom and warriorship to social justice movements, ecovillage and restorative living movements, the arts, sciences, and more. They volunteer, travel sustainably, and tread lightly on the Earth. They bring ‘beginner’s mind’ to the challenges of our times – challenges inherited from us.
Still, many are trapped in an electronic nether world and the need for true mentorship is very great. As David Marshak says in this edition, “What kinds of experiences and social structures would we offer teens if we understood adolescence rightfully to be a new stage of human development that can allow a more complete unfolding of each human’s potential? This is the creative challenge we need to answer today.” Our youth worldwide are a great untapped aquifer of ideas, energy and talent waiting to be unleashed for the next phase of human evolution. We can and must be the conduit.
Please direct inquiries and comments to email@example.com.
Jacqueline was recently asked to write a brief comment on “The Meaning of Life” Read her reply on the Excellence Reporter website:
I have just been told that Mamo Bernardo of the Kogi Mamos is leaving his body. For some years now there has been, and still is, a letter from the Kogi Indians to humanity on this website.
I suggest you read this letter as it is still relevant today – Kogi & Hopi messages
We are asked to light a candle and give a moment of attention to the Sierra Nevada in Columbia where Mamo Bernardo spent his life caring for the heart of the world.
Blessings also to his wife Jaba Antonia.
I received this today from Toby – many thanks. A real treat!
Perhaps you’d like to see this TV – radio interview with Anne-Louise Karlsson and myself. It’s from a radio station in Hollywood where we were recently. Sorry I look so tired but didn’t get much sleep the night before as I sat up to watch the USA election!
I heard the news yesterday that Leonard Cohen has left the body. He has been an important part of my life since the late sixties. Blessings to his onward journey or as Jaro in Prague just wrote to me, “Alleluia to him”.
9th November 2016
I watched the election on live TV here in California. Amazing!
People who know me well know I’m not for Trump, Clinton or the system, but we need a breakthrough so the new can really be born. When the results came in I felt a bubbling joy inside and today I keep hearing Leonard Cohen singing inside of me:
“There’s a crack in everything – that’s how the light gets in”.
If Clinton won there’d be no crack.
That’s my reflection this morning.
11th October 2016
Here is an interesting article written by Alex Pietrowski from Waking Times. Kids meditate instead of taking ADHA medication
I was recently introduced to two people who share teachings that very much connect with the Cosmic Airport arrival lounge. Here are a couple of links:
One is a Russian woman named Elena Tonetti: Birth Into Being
The second is Kelly Meehan, MA: Cosmic Pregnancy: Birth Healing
I also received this link that I really do recommend in connection with all the fantastic technologies we know ought to be available for humanity. Go to The Full Disclosure Project
It truly is an amazing time we are living in with so many people living their dharma and supporting the lift in consciousness in their own unique creative ways.
I strongly advise that you watch this 90 minute interview: THRIVE: Who Owns Your Body?
This interview is NOT against vaccinations. It is against forced vaccinations of the type we have today – especially multi -vaccinations. Listen to how many one day old babies die each year in the USA. The numbers are much higher than in other countries.
I also recommend you read this article about wheat. It is really shocking to see what has happened to our food through the food industry. I am sure most of you already know this but it’s good to be reminded.
Click here: http://www.ewao.com/a/80-people-worldwide-will-soon-stop-eating-wheat/
After very fine visits to Singapore and Japan a short trip to Brazil also materialised and of course this included a quick trip to the sacred land. Nivedano and I hung up Singing Heart prayer flags there and discussed plans for the future. More about this later.
Now a very important reminder for women coming to visit in India: Please be aware that we are in South India and near a village and it is very important you dress suitably for an ashram and for village life.This means your legs covered down to the ankles, no low cut necks, no see-through clothes and please have the tops of your arms covered. It is important your clothes are not tight fitting or too revealing in any way. Tight fitting jeans are not what is meant by having your legs covered. If you just follow these simple guidelines then we have no difficulties – thank you.
Ashwita from Bangalore painted a beautiful Buddha on the outside of the meditation hall here at Singing Heart. Click here to see photos
I heard a wonderful short talk by Marianne Williamson – perhaps some of you have already heard it. You can go to this mail address. https://www.facebook.com/williamsonmarianne/ It needs no comment.
This made me laugh: “In the 60’s people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.” Yes, much is happening and as I often say, “Stay tuned in and grounded”!
My last book, “The Cosmic Airport – A vision whose time has come”, is now available as e-book in Danish. It is now on the webpage Jacqueline’s Books.
SOME EVEN OLDER NEWS
You can click here to listen to Jacqueline talk a little about a theme she has used for several retreats these past years..
The title is Resting in Natural Great Peace and is taken from a short text of Nyoshol Khen Rinpoche. Here is the text:
“Rest in natural great peace
This exhausted mind
Beaten helplessly by karma and neurotic thought
Like the relentless fury of the pounding waves
In the infinite ocean of samsara.”
It is a real gift to give oneself time out for a meditation retreat. To give the mind time to settle and take a back seat, to open into silent spaciousness and rest naturally in inner peace is to come home. When we look at the turmoil and confusion in the world today it is encouraging to see so many people looking in the right direction Â– inwards. I would suggest these periods of silence and inner reflection provide a greater opportunity to stay in balance and give our best to the world in our daily lives. I never encourage turning our backs on the world but do encourage being in the world in a mindful way, living with awareness and remembering who we really are. When you see the truth of who you really are then you know that there is only One.
Thessi, who was staying at Singing Heart, took some fine photos in the ashram on the night of Shiva Ratri. Click her to see some of them.
There is now a new page on the website titled: Jacqueline’s Answers to Kids Questions. As some of you know, a Cosmic Airport is slowly emerging in Pune and we now send out a monthly e-newsletter to parents and students of 6 fine schools connected with the Cosmic Airport project. I gave the newsletter the name: The Awakener. Part of the newsletter is dedicated to answering questions the school kids send to me and I felt it would be fine to share these letters and answers on the website. You can go to the page via the SHIC button on the homepage or click here to go directly to the page. (opens in a new window)
In December 2012 two of my students consciously conceived a baby at the ashram. Here above are a couple of photos of him. The one together with me was taken a couple of years ago in Pune and the second one is more recent. I have called it “The Serious Angel”.
Many of you have heard me say we need systems busters with hearts. The reason I say this is that great change is happening now and much needed, but at the same time if we are really to have creative change and evolution – not just revolution – we must remember we are one. There is only one. In the depths of the heart we know this to be true. I would like to remind you of the prayer that is usually called the peace prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. This prayer has been with me since I was a teenager.
The Peace Prayer of St. Francis
Lord make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred,
Let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, Joy.
O Divine Master grant that I may seek not so much to be consoled
As to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Arunachala Photo above taken by Ashwita. Click here to see new photos taken by her at the ashram. Many thanks dear Ashwita.
I received a fine quotation of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.It was sent by Jennifer in California and feels appropriate. Here it is:
“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”
Click on the following website to see a fine video about Singing Heart Ashram sent to me from Evan https://vimeo.com/48843168 (Opens in a new window) There are actually 3 video clips – look at the top of the mail to find a longer interview with me and a short clip of us chanting the Gayatri mantra in the meditation hall.
I received this link from my sister, Julie. I heard this years ago and had forgotten how much I enjoyed it first time I heard it. The message that came with it was This clever piece originated in Australia. It is so very well done most don’t realize how much info he is sharing! Eric Idle, who wrote the words, came from Monty Python! Photos by NASA. Just click on the link and enjoy your journey!
Click: http://dingo.care2.com/cards/flash/5409/galaxy.swf (Opens in a new window)