The Nine Days of Mother Divine has been among the most beautiful times we have ever had at Mount Soma. With the lovely group of Chinese in attendance, the lectures were translated into Chinese as the Chinese, Indians, and Americans came together to create a deeply moving feeling of our world family.
The vision for Mount Soma is becoming a palpable reality now. Clearly politicians will not pave the way to a United Nations… a world family. We can proclaim that the seed has been planted now for the blossoming of that world family. There is no need for any global suffering or conflict. This world provides for the prosperity and happiness for all humanity. We have only to receive it properly. It is happening.
The Student Union building was inaugurated on the last of the nine days… Victory Day.
I believe that all in attendance will reflect for some time upon the profound experience we all had over these past days. What transpired will be remembered throughout history. Those in attendance are invited to add comments describing their experience of the course.
Mother divine was an absolutely beautiful experience. The feeling was so profound and pure.
I am humbled by my week at Mt Soma for the Mother Divine retreat. I am baffled by how it all works. This seems to be a knowledge that has escaped our society—though we are lucky enough to have a teacher who embodies it. I can’t say I understand, but I can feel it working on so many levels—it is mind blowing. The intensity can throw me for a loop, but once in balance I realize something great happened.
It was great to have the family all together again. The 9 days were great, there was a sweetness in the air. It felt as if it is all coming together, the foundation has be laid. The current of this place is moving faster and faster, and doesn’t intend to slow down. It seemed as if the flow was en-living everyone who attend. And they will take that feeling with them wherever they go. Also it gave me a deeper understanding of the term “its all done with mirrors”. (regrading the female aspects in the universe)
When I go to Mount Soma, usually I get my biggest thrill from the events such as meditation or the pujas. This time I left in awe of the residents. I’ve known some of these people for 14 years and living at Mount Soma has wrought some wonderful changes in them. Or to speak more specifically, their identities have thinned out and more of their delightful Self shines through. It is very impressive. Seeing how quickly my friends are evolving motivates me to improve my spiritual practices. Thanks Mount Soma residents for inspiring the rest of us to follow you.
While I was only able to attend 3 days of meditation, I returned almost nightly for the pujas. When I wasn’t at Mount Soma, I could feel the rounds, feel the temple and pandit, feel the Guru, as if I were present. Just by being a part of Mount Soma and its purpose, I have inherited its wholeness. It is such a blessing to have a bond that goes beyond blood and encompasses all. I am grateful beyond words.
These are all such lovely comments. Of all the beautiful experiences I have had with Mount Soma, nothing has touched my heart more deeply than this course. The people, the enlivened consciousness, the ceremonies and temple… everything was absolutely exquisite. My heart is full.
I purchased a sandelwood necklace on my second day at Mt.Soma. A few days in to the retreat,a fellow student asked me if I could feel the effects of my new necklace? My response was that I was feeling so much,that I do not believe I could even define or refine it in away to discern where the greatest effects were coming from.The pujas..the havan..the meditation..Brahmarshi’s talks? I chose to stay at a motel and I enjoyed that because the drive everyday was some time for integration (along with some Giants baseball:) and cresting the hill at the gate was so amazing with some mornings being breath taking! It seemed,although that the student union and the camping had their own fascinating dynamics:) On Tuesday I was asked if I was sad to be leaving and my answer was yes however I was ready to go home.My biggest question was wondering how I was going to “feel” when I got home? Well… I was very happy to see Shannon and the boys(along with my “Welcome home Miguel” sign.My meditation Thursday A.M. was definitely deeper and I enjoyed being back at the salon and seeing all the girls. However..half way through the day I was chating with a client about my experience…I stopped..took a deep breath and said,”my goodness..I already miss Mt.Soma” I got my answer!
Thank you Brahmarshi Your gift is without measure.
Pertaining to the female aspect. Its all what angle you look into the crystal. And that is where the different goddesses come from, they really aren’t different, but rather personified aspects of the same one being.
I would love to write about my Mother Divine retreat experiences, but they are still unfolding within and I dare not interrupt that process with a single word…well, perhaps “ahhh” works for now.
How can I describe my unprecedented experience at Mount Soma during the Mother Divine retreat!? To mention a few, I experienced new and deeper feelings during meditation, gained a bit more knowledge of the science behind what we do from Brahmarshi’s talks, and most of all, understood the mission and purpose of Mount Soma. Being able to experience the deeper and subtle feelings brings me awe and wonder. It is the purpose of Mount Soma that resonates with me most intensely. I walked away with a sense of humility and responsibility.
“Thank you” does not express enough my gratitude. Mount Soma, I shall be back!
When I think about attempting to describe my experience of the past 9 days of Mother Divine, I hesitate. How does one put such an experience into words? They seem to fall so very short. It almost feels like it is best left unsaid…
Each and every one of the 9 days was incredible. What stands out to me most wasn’t specific ceremony, meditation or lecture. It was the feeling in the air. A truly magical feeling permeated the entire retreat. The sweetness was palpable in people’s faces, in the temple, in the trees, in the jam packed meditation hall, in Brahmarshi’s eyes, and everywhere else I chose to look. The group was so deeply rooted in that sweetness, and everything was full. My heart was so full. One can only imagine what the future holds for us and our world. I would like to thank all of you for making this possible.
Jai Guru Dev
I’ve been wanting to attend the Mother Divine Retreat ever since it was offered, but it never worked out until now. I’m so glad I went. The sweetness that was permeating Mount Soma during this retreat was even more palpable than I’ve ever felt it before. It felt as if Mother Divine was actually honoring us with her presence. Also, the presence of the Chinese group really made me feel on a deep level that we can actually pull this off to heal the whole world. It was very touching to see them attend and how seamlessly they were integrated into the ever growing “Mount Soma family.” If this is mapping on to the rest of the world the impact and potential must be huge…Thank you, Brahmarshi, for never loosing sight of your vision!
All these comments are deeply moving.
This retreat seemed the smoothest of all and was also extremely busy with meditation, lectures, pujas, havans, etc. Highlights include:
1) Brahmarshi’s lectures with long pauses after each thought form for Chinese translation and assimilation. It allowed all of us to go deeper.
2) The adorable Chinese group with their superlative attitude and sincere interest.
3) The 5-hour Durga havan in which just about everyone looked transformed. Stress seemed to drop away and faces seemed bright and shining by the end.
4) Lunch in the Mountain View Room with different cultural groups (Indian, Chinese, American) eating together and appreciating one another. It gave a taste of Brahmarshi’s vision for Mount Soma and the world.
5) The altar in the Temple for Mother Divine that felt alive, powerful, brilliant, and auspicious.
6) The evening pujas with Pandit Prasad and Lakshmi chanting together, and Pandit Prasad explaining the meaning of what we were doing.
There were so many experiences in a day, much of it ran together. Overall, it was deeply healing, gratifying, and inspiring.
Thank you Brahmarshi for bringing us here.
The Mother Divine Retreat felt like yet another shift in phases for Mount Soma, for me… It was sweet, deep, challenging, fun. I LOVED experiencing the larger and growing community body of students. Thanks everyone for helping! Like all my time living up here thus far (since August), I am honored to be a part of the community and vision that is unfolding here. The call to step up to service was timely for me, and will keep working on me, as the entire ashram program does. I am just so grateful to be here. 🙂
I wrote the poem below the day after the retreat concluded:
October 25, 2012
The Hidden Sun
The tulip poplars will be the first trees
that begin to dress Mount Vishnu in a shiny green coat next April.
But in late October, these leaves are the last yet to shed.
Thin, dry, and crinkled like an elephant’s skin, they glow golden.
After the sun has passed behind the western ridge,
there is a ruby-rust red that infuses the air itself throughout these woods.
The indirect touch of the fiery illuminator
reveals the inner flame of the poplar’s
chlorophyll-emptied veins and paper skins.
As the mountain trees offer up leaves they have invested the year in growing,
my attention turns from summer’s cacophony of life crammed under forest canopy
to the shape of the earth rising beneath it.
This land is alive—and yet moves so slowly I could never track the changes with my eye.
This unseen progress has moved me since childhood, yet I still cannot say why.
The silent earth sings to me in a voice my ears cannot hear.
I pull the hood back from my head to feel it thread through my hair and wash my face
in its cold hands. It slips the strength of the hidden sun
into the marrow of these grateful bones.
the self-interacting dynamic of pure is-ness livened in awareness – an ongoing experience of the power of thought experienced in fullness from its source transgradiently through existence – the physiological experience of creativity, positivity, beauty – endless possibilities – suspended on the cusp of of the ages – living in this field of flowers – we are truly blessed – Jai Brahmarshi!
Your summary is excellent. The feeling at the 5-hour Durga havan is difficult to describe adequately. The air was alive. There seemed to only be the present… no past, no future. Time seemed to stand still. By the end, it felt like something truly transformational for the world had just happened.
Also, the Mother Divine alter at the temple was jaw-dropping awesome. To be 20 feet away from it was to feel like you were standing in the immediate aura of the Mother. One early morning I sat alone in the temple before that alter. The sense of sitting in the direct presence of Mother Divine … how to put words to it? Somehow everything seemed transparent… pristine… ancient and eternal.
Remember those incredible days as a child when everything seemed so magical? It was like that. In fact, as the days go by, it is feeling more and more like that here every day… all the time. For years so many people listened to me talk about what it would be like. Now many are experiencing it for themselves. It is magnificent to witness.
The Mother Divine alter was certainly incredible. When I first arrived at mount soma I wanted to go to the temple as soon as I could. Upon entering the doors the energy was so palpable, my heart was left racing. The energy was almost overwhelming haha, but as many others described there was such a sweetness to it.
Check out some PICTURES from the 9 Days. Slideshow view is the best way to see them.
it is so awesome and exciting to experience the blossoming of our Brahamarshi’s dream, our dream.
It is so exciting to be a part of the manifestation process here at Mount Soma.
I can tangibly feel our future and it is most beautiful and awe inspiring!
I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of this team! We are all profoundly lucky;-)
The most profound experience I have ever had by visiting Mount soma , is the feeling without words I can express,
,,, Mount soma, I love you. You have teach me the most profound lesson in my entire cultivation path. thanks .
The Mother Divine Retreat was an incredible experience. The effects are ongoing as I process and continue to absorb the experience and the healing. The Chinese people and interpretation were delightful – I experienced some very sweet non-verbal communication with them through smiles and eye contact. I had some profound experiences with the ceremonies, in particular the 5 hour Havan. Time indeed stood still. Brahamarhsi, you said it would remove mountains of karma. During the Havan, I felt like the weight of the world was lifted off my shoulders. It was amazing. The last Victory Day Puja, I got chills from the palpable presence of God, the fullness and healing power of the Transcendent.
I have no doubt what happened during Mother Divine reached way beyond the borders of Mt Soma.
Thank you, Brahamarshi, for your unending passion and work to bring Mt Soma about, and for all the people who work there and support its unfolding.