The Green Lantern Meets Star Wars – Yoga Disguised as Science Fiction

July 1, 2011

Q: “My mind is always creating difficulties.  What should I do?”
MM: “Give me your mind without fear and I will transform it. When the heart suffers, it is easy to transform its suffering into joy, but when the mind creates and lives in a fantasy, it is extremely difficult to change it.  So be very careful.  Do not let your mind become your worst enemy…Train it to be awake.  Train it to be lit up with spirit.  Make it a servant and not a master.”
Mother Meera, Answers Volume I


It’s summer BlockBuster time!  Recently, my one true friend, Baby Ed, took me to see one of the latest reincarnations of a Marvel Comics creation, The Green Lantern.  Now, most of us aware of spiritual pursuits have observed – all the way back to J.R.R. Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings trilogy – the esoteric, mystic principles described on those pages, only thinly veiled.  Deeper than even the political philosophy that is the foundation of much of the best “science fiction”, it is ancient alchemy that is clothed in the garb of “fantasy” and “imagination”; these frequencies and codes speak directly to the unconscious knowledge of the human soul, if the conscious awareness has become separated from the eternal Truth.
No doubt, I’m always up for good science fiction – I can get escapist fun, and be expanded and elevated at the same time.  This summer, I’ve noticed a real intensification and focus to the translation of the mystic teachings in our vacation fare – they are a little less silly.  Less trivial and aimless.  Like the drilling of a well, I have witnessed a plumbing to greater depths of actual metaphysical work, with a feeling of serious intent. Take Green Lantern, for example – looking past the requisite spandex suit and mask, we are presented with many core axes of yoga.  The lovely Ryan Reynolds is the protagonist who takes us with him, as he falls unwittingly into the worlds of spiritual forces beyond his comprehension.  We are beside him as he is introduced to the basics of the science of Consciousness: how mind is the projector/creator of external (and internal) experience, how the formless power of will is the omnipotent force that drives and directs this mighty engine to manifest limitless configurations in energy.
Most important, we are reminded, warned – in Green Lantern, Harry Potter, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings – the unfathomable dangers of falling into slumber, succumbing to the sloth of ignorance of these eternal principles of the inner Reality.  We believe we can afford to sleep, right up until the moment we are crushed to death by the Laws of Consciousness.
Well, by my figuring, the crushing is well underway – that’s for certain.  The only question yet unanswered is, really, who is going to be swallowed up by the waves….and who is going to remember themselves?
Have fun at the movies, folks!

Junipur over and out


Aurobindo Speaks: Who Listens?

June 1 2011

“In all that is done in the universe, the Divine through His Shakti is behind all action but He is
veiled by his Yoga Maya and works through the ego of the Jiva in the lower nature.
In Yoga also it is the Divine Who is the Sadhaka and the Sadhana; it is His Shakti with Her
light, power, knowledge, consciousness, Ananda, acting upon the Adhara and, when it is open
to Her, pouring into it with these divine forces that makes the Sadhana possible.  But so long
as the lower nature is active the personal effort of the Sadhaka remains necessary.

The personal effort required is a triple labour of aspiration, rejection and surrender, –
an aspiration vigilant, constant, unceasing – the mind’s will, the heart’s seeking, the assent
of the vital being, the will to open and make plastic the physical consciousness and nature;
rejection of the movements of the lower nature – rejection of the mind’s ideas, opinions,
preferences, habits, constructions, so that the true knowledge may find free room in a silent
mind, – rejection of the vital nature’s desires, demands, cravings, sensations, passions,
selfishness, pride, arrogance, lust, greed, jealousy, envy, hostility to the Truth, so that the
true power and joy may pour from above into a calm, large, strong and consecrated vital
being, – rejection of the physical nature’s stupidity, doubt, disbelief, obscurity, obstinacy,
pettiness, laziness, unwillingness to change, Tamas, so that the true stability of Light,
Power, Ananda may establish itself in a body growing always more divine;
surrender of oneself and all one is and has and every plane of the consciousness and
every movement to the Divine and the Shakti.”  The Mother, Sri Aurobindo 1972

I confess I am in a mood today, fighting a growing desire to depart this blog-writing.  What am I going to say that will accomplish in the soul of Man what the transcendent greatest sages, such as Sri Aurobindo, has failed to?  How will it help anything for little me to rant, complain, sounding more like a pedantic, pretentious, do-gooder-on-a-soap-box every day?
This is what I have learned in my recent sojourn on earth: if a spirit has either lost all memory of the continuum of its existence in eternal Consciousness – and with that, the certain knowledge that it will experience, in awful fullness, the causal seeds it sows in the dream of Time – or the spirit has abandoned, in an infantile tantrum, all care and responsibility for its effects on itself and others in the universe – nothing in the written or spoken word will re-create that love in the void of soul.

For me, there are no other subjects.
So, later, out there – or not.

Junipur over and totally out

The Far Shore : Crossing The River of Dreams

Easter 2011

Technically, this blog is for May 1 – but I happen to be writing it on Easter Sunday, and it seems fitting.
The immaterial, weightless nature of the soul is all but forgotten now – the truth and immediacy of it – so real discussions about our bondage are sort of redundant.  The facts of the states of dreaming, waking, and the river that yawns between them have been reduced to the banal, and casual, by the world-mind.
In some cultures, they say to speak a thing, to give it a name, renders it powerless.  Today, the New Age is the consensus of common knowledge about all things spiritual; without our noticing, the banality of mind has “owned” the concepts.  In stealth, it has erased the doorways to the inner chambers of power.  We are lost.
In The Bardo, I recount a story of a seminar I attended in my youth – where many seeds were planted about the lost mystical world; at the end of the talk, the mysterious speaker looked out into the audience with a piercing, unblinking gaze and said: “In the endgame, expect paradox.”  These words burned into my mind, lingering indelibly over 30 years.  The paradox, to which we are unknowingly oblivious now, is that our daylight, “wake” reality is, in Kali Yuga, the deepest descent into unconscious slumber possible by the human spirit – and that to actually awaken into Consciousness, we must regain access to the realm of “dreaming”.  The paradox is that the whole map of our many lives – the births without number into time, countless thousands of events, inflections of experience and feeling, deaths – are dangerous dreams of binding, hypnotic power.
There are microscopic degrees of sleep (and conversely, of awakening).  The mortal insidiousness of abject slumber is that of a coma; there is no memory, no knowledge of the source of one’s existence.  There is no receptivity or registering in the soul-body of the profound magnetic pull of the “true North” of the Causal plane.  Much less is there motive for the immense striving required for emancipation.
But back to the paradox: we know all about this now, right?  Thank God we’re not in ignorance of the light like the poor brethren that were our forebears.  We are the New Age, the enlightened tribe, and know that lofty, bright radiance of transcendence is our birthright.  We can just sit here and bask in it, enjoying our beatitude.
We are lost.  If you doubt me, measure yourself against the axiom enunciated by Gurumayi Chitvilasananda: “Leave the circle of Time, and enter the circle of Love”.
Are you in Time?  Are you, in daily life, bound and nailed to the cross of space and Time?

I rest my case.
But the Far Shore exists.  It is more real than you are.
And it is waiting for you.

Junipur  over and out

Tao of The Mother is Here!

Dear Readers

Mother of Light:The Book of Fire Vol ll  Tao of the MotherCantos on Fire Eating and The Art of Love in the 21st Century has arrived. This, being the 2nd Volume and the Completion of Mother of Light the Book of Fire. This is not massive in size, ha! But this work should give you enough to contemplate and reread over and over again. Hope you enjoy this Book. This is dedicated to The Devi’s, Sri Mata Meera, SriSri Amritanandamayi, and Sri Karunamayi and all The Divine beings, known or unknown. It’s available on Amazon and on the website.

Last pages of Metamorphosis!

We will be back to blogging, once and for all, on May 1, everybody! I know it’s been a little back and forth, but the exhaustive structural transformation to Mother of Light, Ltd. is almost complete….so, when the flowers are all in bloom….

later
Junipur, over and out

Mother of Light, Ltd. is proud to present Lightning Series….

” What if you could capture the grace and power of Mantra…in a bottle?”

Yes, folks, we are literally days away from having Lightning Series available on-line – this is a vibrational essence that will be immensely beneficial and catalytic to all those pursuing spiritual practice of any tradition – and to humanity at large, desiring a tincture carrying the concentrated vibrational signature of the Name of God.
In future blogs, I will have a lot to express about vibrational essences – flowers, and those of other sources.  For you who have read The Bardo, (volume I of Mother of Light: The Book of Fire) you already know that my relationship to external tools for sadhana (light-work, spiritual practice) has always been sort of precise and selective; anything outside of oneself, no matter how perfect or beautiful, is a sword that cuts both ways.  The risk of attaching to that catalyst, and/or projecting the inner power onto it, is ever-present – it is the nature of consciousness, in untrained human form, to externalize. By the same token, though, when a tool is required from the manifest outside reality, nothing will proceed unless it is forthcoming.
So for myself, I took care never to be random – the world is crowded with millions of ‘toys’ and techniques, only a few of which are really yours, at a given point in time.  All others will increase the field of static.
This brings me to vibrational essences – they were on my radar for an interval, in the ’80′s, but soon fell away, vanishing into the background.  But when they resurfaced, they returned in a way that was forceful and clearly directed – and my entire consciousness was exploded in catalytic impact, with a horizon lit up that was limitless.
In a matter of moments, the Lightning Series came spontaneously into being, of its own accord; from the specific, focussed vibrations of select blossoms, or stones, or environments, one naturally reaches for the single vibrational core that creates all these, and is inherent in all that is manifest.  This is the MahaShakti, the living power emitting from the Names of God.  Lightning Series I is the tincture deriving from the Thousand Names of the Divine Mother (Lalita Sahasranama), captured and concentrated with immense intensity through a massive Herkemer Diamond crystal, and a huge ParaAmethyst.  Lightning Series II carries the infusion of Om Namah Shivaya, the Name of Shiva, rendered into a tincture through these crystals, as well.  Further, this liquid lightning ,with crystals, has been radiated for many hours in direct sun – and, for good measure, spent nights on the surface of the large Reiki Master Symbol Generator (2′by 2′) possessed only by those holding 3rd master degree in Reiki.
These essences will be available in mother-tincture for internal imbibing, and in pendant, for wearing.

later, out there
Junipur, over and out

Tao of the Mother

(Coming Soon!)

The great saint Ramakrishna once said, “When it is time for a soul to be enlightened, it will be led to the Divine Mother”

Junipur is proud to present

Volume ll

Mother of Light: The Book of Fire

Tao of the Mother: Cantos on Fire Eating and the Art of Love in the 21st Century

It is a concise, practical manual for those who seek to understand the role of the Divine Mother, the Devi, as She presides over the processes of liberation of the soul engaged in the human dream.

The Mother is the essence of the spiritual fire. Flanked by excerpts from Sri Aurobindo, Mother Meera, The Siva Sutras and more, Tao of the Mother reveals what becomes of the fire in the world – how it is lost, how it may be regained – with special focus on the deep psychology of the aspirant. This book is dedicated to you who truly burn to find the EXIT sign.

This book has been written with the express blessing of Mother Meera

Look inside the book

A summary of chapters with Prologue

Chapter 1: The Mother

This is an introduction of the reality of the Divine Mother, with the focus on Her Being as forming the substrata of the disciple himself, to open the discussion on the balancing and perfecting of this Divine relationship in pursuit of liberation. Excerpts are included from: Fifth Mahatmya of Chandi; Mother Meera (Answers); The Lalita Sahasranama; Sri Aurobindo (The Mother).

Chapter 2: The Wound

This chapter is in 4 sections, in descending order of the hierarchy of cause/effect: the cosmic level of “wound”, as the loss of universal fire,i.e. the illusion of duality, and how this primal wounding has devolved in this era of Kali Yuga; an outlining of the nature of thought, how matrika forms the basis of the malas; “closer to the earth’s surface”, some ways in which, in this time of spiritual darkness, the wound has complicated and entrenched in the psyche of the human collective and individual, barring the pathway to release; how this level of psychic/spiritual scarring pertains specifically to the spiritual seeker; and ways to understand the essential role of the Divine Mother in the healing of these wounds, i.e. the Divine Mother as the universal “soul-retriever”. Excerpts are included from: Mother Meera (Answers), The Siva Sutras, Lalita Sahasranama

Chapter 3: The Medicine: Fire-eating

This is an overview of sadhana as the cultivation of Fire, and as the art of love; including thoughts on the prerequisite for the maturation of the personality vehicle to even desire this Divine love and sacrifice. It is divided into specific treatment of the practices of Prayer, Japa, and Meditation. Excerpts are included from: The Lalita Sahasranama, Siva Sutras, Mother Meera (Answers), Sri Aurobindo (The Mother), Sivananda ((Japa Yoga)

…Prologue…

Dear Reader,

These books were written with the blessings and expressed permission of Mother Meera, a universally accepted Incarnation of the Divine Mother. And it has been called “the Hour of the Mother”, the 11th chime striking as I embark on the discourse; in my understanding, it is the initiation of the entirety of the human collective, on the cusp of the cosmic Age of Pisces, and that of Aquarius. The piece is meant to be a notebook about the concerns of spiritual practice in preparation for the passage, but I have entered the topic through the doorway of psychological approach – what we citizens of the ‘new age’ would have called “process”.

Among other things, I hope through the course of the journal to discuss: how psychological work, and spiritual practice are the activity of one and the same principle, differing only in name relative to the age of the aspirant, the maturity of the intent in the continuum of consciousness; that it is the agency of the Divine Mother – also named “Maha Shakti” – who comprises both the inner being pursuing the labor, as well as forming the living stream of intelligence, knowledge and power creating and guiding the birth of transformation on any point on the arc, whether it be termed “therapy”, or “sadhana”. And whether the goal be resolution with one’s parents, integration of personality, or whole liberation of the soul from bondage.

I worried a bit when I was contemplating the writing of this book; while for me, these fields of contemplation, (and at such a pitch of intensity) are endlessly fascinating and hypnotic, I realize many find them dry, inaccessible…or worse, just pointless. If you find yourself searching for a reason to embark on some arcane study, I can but offer my own personal experience of the odyssey: I want to say spiritual practice is the pursuit of the wild. Beyond even instinct, it is primal, universal response to the irresistible call of the untamable, unquenchable wild. It is the human mind, in its arbitrary conceptual framework that is the finite, and the dead. But like everything in life, your interest depends on how you perceive things; how you see is, in turn, shaped and colored by what you really want.

It is my hope, as we are perched on a cliff overlooking the abyss, that these pages can add something fruitful to the dialogue in which we, as a people, are now engaged. But in the end, every path is a secret, inner way, singular to the unique individual. And no one knows the child but the Universal Mother – She alone possesses the book of the soul wherein is written, in letters of light, each intimate turn, step, sequence…the locks, the keys. I would not presume to outline lists of rules, or “things” to hold close. My intent has been to shed one beam on discerning the inscrutable way of the Divine Mother as I understand it – albeit from a limited human perspective – perhaps illuminating some syllable of Her language. Best of luck to us all.

Introducing the New Mother of Light Ltd.

Hello, out there!  Already, 2011 has been a very different year for me – sort of spontaneously, of its own accord, the enterprise that began only in book form – the Mother of Light: The Book of Fire, Vols.I and II, (The Bardo, and Tao of the Mother: Cantos on Fire Eating and the Art of Love in the 21st Century) – has developed new petals on its bloom.  This has taken the shape of a gift shop experience, in a framework focussed around spiritual practice.

Before I tell you about the elements in our new shop, I want to explain a little about why this might be unusual for me, personally, and how it is meaningful now; the life story told in The Bardo traces a trajectory, kind of like the path of a rocket, out of the earthly sphere completely.  Though certain tools were allowed, and remained throughout the exodus – crystals, for example – by and large, accessories and adjuncts were passed through, and just left behind.  I was amazed, frankly, when a piece of writing, like a book, crystallized and fell to earth, and I certainly never visualized any additional “condensation”, so to speak; nor was I seeking any.
To my surprise, some specific tools and medicines of different kinds stepped forward as this year opened, to be made available for the process of spiritual expansion; I realized, as well, that this was indicative of a return to the world of form for me, at the same time.
Here, briefly, are the limbs to the Mother of Light Ltd. Gift Shop: they are comprised of products of our own, together with new affiliate relationships we feel are important for aspirants.  I will have more to say about them next month:
*Mother of Light Print Gallery: The “Rose Garden“, photography of the special roses of the book covers, and more
*The Sri Chakra Gallery, unique compositions of highly inspired Sri Chakra mandala art photographs, individual prints, including the Magician, as seen in the website.

*Mother of Light Vibrational Medicine: this includes highlights of specific remedies I have found to be especially catalytic for spiritual process, through a fully-articulated affilliate company (meaning offering new formulations of vibrational essences, in addition to Bach Flowers) and introducing the Mother of Light Lightening Series: Mantra Essence.  For those of you who ever wondered how you could truly capture “lightening-in-a-bottle”, we are pleased to offer two tinctures:

The Thousand Names of the Divine Mother (Lalita Sahasranama)

Om Namah Shivaya

Both infused and concentrated into pure water from the Appalachian Mountains, through the use of massive Herkemer Diamond and ParaAmethyst crystal.

*Full scale availability of crystals and gems, through our new affilliate, Healing Crystals and more…

Well, that’s all for now, folks – state tuned, we should be up and running with the complete banquet of Light by the time I talk to you in March!
Junipur, overandout

2012: Thoughts on Turning Lead into Gold

Dear Who-ever-is-out-there,
I’m sequestered here in the massive Arctic blast, trying to find the pieces of my mind to address the last blog of the year 2010.  Suddenly, I find myself compelled to do something I had never planned, which is to relay the substance of a visitation I had from Mother Meera, some year-and-a-half ago.  The essence of Her message is all you really need to know; it confirms what is accepted knowledge to many in present day, while seeming a remote or fanatical rumor to others.  Here it is:

2012

She did convey some details, but I don’t feel it necessary to express them – the portent of the date speaks for itself.    I don’t see my role, whatever that is, as a soap-box speaker, or a town crier – it’s not anywhere in my DNA – so when I received the vision, confirming definitively what I had always known full well, it was not my first thought to pick up a megaphone, literally or figuratively.  The imponderable weight of the time on earth, whether or not you are tune with apocalyptic prophecy, is crushing us all anyway.  I wondered, how can I possibly lay one more straw on the back of the collapsing human race – the one I love so desperately, regardless of having been driven into exile  over the decades, by its various members?
Then I contemplated again about the bloody trail of my own life, about the real purpose and message written out in The Bardo; I remembered,once more, that the whole point was that I had, in my individual, separate existence, faced in advance the very configuration of catastrophe now rising in a tidal wave before the collective.  I had created the identical no-exit-no-way-out dynamic through indulging in the same tragic human flaws we are, as a whole, mired in today: arrogance, impatience, adolescent immaturity, and obstanance, to name a few.  My one saving grace was some deeply ingrained capacity for ruthless, cutting-to-the-bone inquiry – part of a Scorpio influence, maybe.
As the landscape of this incarnation truly dawned on my consciousness, with all its implications and necessary outcomes, I knew the only resolution was in the turning to face the adversaries of my invention – lock them dead in my sights – and hurl myself into a battle to the death.  There was no room for the courtesies and elegance of cheerful, ‘positive thinking’, avoiding negative feelings, ‘staying in the light’, in the way these concepts have come to be thrown around indiscriminantly. You must first create – from your own hard work, and victories on the field - the conditions where the Light can exist within you, before you can ‘stay’ in it.
Here’s my point, then. We are in the time of lead..the last hours of the Piscean Age are of this quality of impermeable opacity and darkness. The only way to reach gold is not through painting with thicker coats of gilt over what is fundamental shadow and unredeemed consciousness..we can’t lie our way out of it this time.  With terror and trembling, we must see the truth as it is, and try our best to stand with each other, and hold each other up as we prepare for the fight.
With this in mind, I say in this last blog of  2010: 2012. It is on the approach. We better stand up, or die trying.
See you on January 1.
Junipur, over and out