January 22, 2012

Mt. Kailash Tibets Sacred Mountain

To see the grandeur of a mountain one must keep one's distance; to understand its form one must move around it; to experience its moods one must see it at sunrise and at sunset. But to truly know it, one must journey the mountain with a Master, an Enlightened Being. Regarded as the spiritual center of the universe, Mt. Kailash is revered by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bonpos alike. For Hindus it is on top of this wondrous peak that Lord Shiva resides in an eternal state of meditation, creating the sustaining force that holds the universe together. Tibetans have aptly named this mighty rock as "The Precious Jewel of The Snow". It is here that the great Tibetan mystic, saint, and poet Milerapa wrote a hundred thousand poems on Buddhism. For Jains, Mt. Kailash is the site where their first prophet achieved enlightenment. For the ancient religion of Bon, it is where their founder descended from the heavens.

January 15, 2012

Vivekananda Puja


Sri Ramakrishna's life-breath, 
Sri Ramakrishna's supreme gift to mankind, 
Sri Ramakrishna's victory-song all-where! 
The victory-world's delight you were; 
Lo, the cyclone-valour of the Absolute! 
You awakened your slumbering India, 
You awakened humanity's sleep. 
In you blossomed the Form Universal. 
O hero-warrior sannyasin, 
In the core of the creation, 
Sleeplessly shall burn 
The incense of your self-offering.

January 8, 2012

Lead Us to the Real

Om Asato Ma Sadgamaya 

Om asato ma sadgamaya
Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya
Mrtyor ma amrtam gamaya
Om santih, santih, santih

Om. Lead us from the unreal to the real
Lead us from darkness to light
Lead us from death to immortality
Om peace, peace, peace

January 1, 2012

Peace Enter Me

Om. Peace is in the sky, peace is in space, on the earth, and in the waters.
The herbs and trees are full of peace. The Gods are peaceful.
Brahman is peace; all is peace, peace, peace alone.
May that peace enter me! Om. Peace, peace, peace.

Om Dyauh Santih (Shukla Yajur Veda)
Om dyauh santih antariksam santih prthivi santih
Apah santir osadhayah santih vanaspatayah santih
Visvedevah santih brahma santih sarvam santih
Santireva santih sa me santiredhi
Om santih, santih, santih