Dr. Michael Mamas started this school in August, 1994. So, we are celebrating the 25th anniversary at Mount Soma. We’ll be doing a special blessing for the school in commemoration of the anniversary at the Havan for Sarvadevatas on Thursday, August 8. Congratulations to Michaelji and everyone through all these years who has helped make this possible!
There are laws of nature inherent to our world. Different animal species have their natural behaviors. Plants, the movement of planets, the changing of season—all things have their nature. We humans are part of nature. We have our nature. Living life in accord with our nature is what it means to live in harmony with natural law. The idea is that we have certain inalienable rights determined by nature, by natural law. It is considered the responsibility of government to uphold those rights, as is referred to in our Declaration of Independence.
However, there is an opposing philosophy. The idea is that we humans can, and must, overcome our nature. We can think and use our intellect to thereby know better than what our own nature dictates. Katharine Hepburn said to Humphrey Bogart in the movie, The African Queen, something like, “Your nature, sir, is what you are on this earth to overcome.” Sadly, it is considered then, the responsibility of government to overcome our nature, determine what human behavior should be, and to enforce that behavior.
I believe that in a stressed out, unhealthy world, people confuse their nature with their distorted perspectives. When the stresses and strains in the psychophysiology are released, people behave in harmony with their true nature spontaneously. The intellect and government would thereby naturally and spontaneously support living in harmony with nature. Yet, we must keep in mind that we can justify anything with the intellect and do. Until the hearts and minds of the people are free from stress and strain, our beliefs are not consistent with our true nature. At this time, what we feel and think is our nature is really just stress and strain dictating what we believe.
It is not hard to see that we live in a time when judgement, anger, and polarization seem to be in our nature. Peace and harmony is a shared ideal, but it is not what rules. Our world, our nations, our communities, and our associations are plagued with such distortions. We view others through the colored glasses we look through to see the world. That is what we believe. Thus, that is what we create.
I, for one, dedicate my life to creating a world where we live in peace and harmony with nature… our true nature… Mother Nature. In spite of judgement, suspicion, and blame, may we all come together to bring forth such a world for all humanity. It is achievable, but we must look beyond the horizon… beyond the toil and turbulence that dominates so many. Yes, the path to a better world can be painful and challenging. Yet, if we keep a steady hand on the rudder, it is attainable.
“Well, the bear will be gentle
And the wolves will be tame
And the lion shall lay down by the lamb, oh yes
And the beasts from the wild
Shall be led by a child…
…There will be peace in the valley… some day…”
From the Elvis Presley song, “(There’ll be) Peace in the Valley”, based on the Bible verse Isaiah 11:6:
“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
and a little child shall lead them.”
As I look out over this world, I see such longing for peace and contentment. This is true internationally, nationally, locally, interpersonally, and individually. Yet, on all those levels, I see the seeds of unrest and conflict in the hearts and minds of the people.
Unrest is not the result of circumstance. Circumstance is the result of unrest. Unrest lies within people–within the hearts and minds of the people. As is said, in this age of Kali Yuga, the Rakshasas (the seeds of unrest) dwell within the hearts and minds of the people.
As we look everywhere, we see people striving for peace by striving to change circumstance. In today’s world, that is the deepest that people can seem to understand. It is, as is said, like trying to make a withering plant healthy by painting the leaves green. Furthermore, in those efforts, they become angry, hateful, and vile. However laudable the original intent may be, the winds of Karma still blow. It is the Karma of this age that we look not deep within, but we look outward to circumstance. That is the ultimate denial. That is the tragedy of our times.
I have dedicated my life to healing what lies within people. That is my most fundamental teaching. Few are receptive. Of those few, only a handful look deeper than emotions. Yet, the Kingdom of Heaven lies far deeper than emotions. Yet, for most, spirituality is emotionally based. Nothing deeper feels real to them. So very few hear the call and keep a steady hand on the rudder when the winds of Karma blow.
In my earlier years, I tried to talk people down from their identity with the winds of Karma. That did have a healing effect on many, but most just returned to those Karmic winds and held fast to those viewpoints which they hypnotically embraced as ‘truth.’
My commitment now is to the implementation of Vedic technology to purge the karmic winds from global consciousness—from within the hearts and minds of the people. Sthapatya Veda shows the way. We will build it.
Yet, the winds blow even more fiercely when they are faced. Nevertheless, we will persevere. In the meantime, look inward to the place where the winds of Karma can never reach—beyond mind, beyond touch, beyond emotions.
Have you ever noticed how the mentality of the times seems to shift through the decades, sometimes gradually, sometimes abruptly? We have all seen videos from space of global ‘winds,’ weather currents flowing over our earth. See one here.
Winds (currents) of human mentality, of consciousness, flow in a similar manner. Waves of mentality move over our planet carrying with them the mental and emotional dispositions of the people. Individuals are far more susceptible to these currents than they we would like to believe. Some currents are sunny and bright.Others, not so much. Awareness of this phenomena can help us steer clear of the currents we would prefer to avoid: judgment, hostility, and polarization. Instead maybe: loving, caring, nurturing, peace and harmony? The full spectrum of mental/emotional currents are there. We can be carried by them, or we can create positive ones.
Perhaps this brief video along with the comments can offer some feeling for, some insight into, the nature of those winds. See it here.
We can heal this planet. We can quiet the torrents of conflict. Let not your mentality be determined by the winds, the Karma, of time. Underlying it all is a stream of harmony and Divinity. We can bring that forth. Vedic technology illuminates the path. Mount Soma is dedicated to watering this root of life. Rise up! Free yourself from the dark clouds that sweep through humanity. Be great! Coming together shoulder to shoulder, we can bring forth the Enlightened Age. It is up to us!
The rising moon is full, bright, and gold.
The autumn air is fresh and still.
The distant luminous clouds of white silk soak up the moonlight and drape the contours of the layered mountains below.
Nearby, the occasional lamp in a cabin window outlines the neighborhood hills which cradle Nandi, softly aglow, resting quietly before Shiva’s ornamental abode, highlighted in golden light.
Tonight the full moon will shine bright and beautiful… Guru Purnima… the full moon in July. Tomorrow will be the last day of the Mount Soma Phase 2 summer retreat. I am very pleased by how well everyone did with the Phase 2 Advanced Techniques. We attended the Guru Purnima Havan/Havan for Sarvadevatas today.
I’ve been living in these mountains for some 20 years now. I remember thinking that, in time, people probably come to know these mountains pretty well. I’ve come to realize that nobody ever really knows these mountains. They’re a mystery. An old-timer once said that you’ll never know what you might find in these mountains. We will, in time, rediscover Sat Yuga here.
A bit of a storm is coming in tonight… one to three inches of snow. In the air, you can feel it coming… These mountains are ancient… older than the Himalayas. You can still sense the ancient influence of Sat Yuga in them. These mountains are that old… We are most fortunate to live in their midst.
Some of the constants of physics are actually variables that shift slowly over thousands of years… eventually a phase transition happens… like water to ice… bringing about a new age… a new Yuga… a whole ‘new’ transition in the laws of nature… the laws of physics…
Soon the Advanced Techniques, Phase 1 Course will be upon us and after that, the Ashram people will be learning Phase 2 of the Advanced Techniques… Oh, so humbling…
The last couple of holiday seasons have been challenging for me. Some of you have sent (some anonymously) little gifts (treats, etc.) that are most warmly and humbly received.
Today we had our Christmas dinner at Mount Soma. As I looked around the room, I felt the family of dear friends comprising our Surya Ram community. You are all so deeply appreciated.
Wherever you may be over the next days, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
The feeling at Mount Soma these days is so sweet. We often congregate at the Student Union for lunch. Personally, I rely on those lunches for my primary source of sustenance, bringing some extra home for my evening meal. Today after lunch, a few of us decorated the Christmas tree. It was delightful. The Christmas carols played as the festivity waxed in beauty. Community… so exquisite… feeding the body, mind, and spirit…
I am getting so excited about teaching Phase 1 of the Advanced Techniques to more students next month and Phase 2 to the Ashram people and staff after that! The Advanced Techniques are an exponential leap forward for every individual’s evolution and super radiance of coherence for the world.
We had an interesting conversation at lunch in the Student Union yesterday. I was remembering how different things were 30 years ago. The Transcendent was, as if, dormant in people’s consciousness. People back then, when transcending, could not handle much… the purification was too intense. Now, our program has become so much more powerful and people do great with it! What is happening here at Mount Soma is so fabulous. Evolution is accelerating and beautiful to witness. More and more visitors are in awe of the profound influence Mount Soma has upon them.
It is so humbling to have the opportunity to offer these Advanced Techniques to the world. Phase 1 creates the foundation. Then, in Phase 2 and Phase 3, things really take off. Without question, the Advanced Techniques are by far the greatest teachings I have yet offered. It appears the Bhrigu Nadi was right that Mount Soma will become a beacon light for the world. The people living here will all attain Unity Consciousness… so humbling.