Sunday, August 31, 2014

LIberated Moment

Liberated Moment
Identifying with the spiritual Absolute
Watching the mind churn out thought after thought
Witnessing this random thinking and not
Being that, or its manufacturer, nor the body
Which contains the mental factory
Is the key to liberation, free from the suffering
Of life and its phenomenally appearing modifications!

Witnessing eternally, not attached to anything at all.
Freedom is within our grasp, just a moment away from
Abominable Kali yuga horror stories which fill the pages
Of today's news media in color with internet links and
Editorials and video footage which shocks and sells more
Of the same to the already stunned public who feed on this
And live the warring of everyday life, and curse the weather
On planet meltdown, and fret constantly over the economic
Unpredictability, and the millions of displaced worldwide cannot
All be accommodated  in a shelter, and they all have to eat.

The avatars are due: Krishna as Vishnu's 10th manifestation Kalki on the white horse brandishing a flaming sword to vanquish the
Demoniac and return the world to righteousness, and also
Maitreya Buddha is due for an appearance, and the awaited
Second coming of Christ.  No wonder all of the yogis are
Applying themselves to practicing mindfulness and being free.

Craig Louis Stehr, August 30, 2014
Telephone messages: (510) 529-4420

Turning 65 Amidst the Battling of Global Adharmic Forces

Warmest spiritual greetings, Please appreciate that as of September 28th, I am officially a "senior citizen".  Tomorrow, I have an appointment at the North Berkeley Senior Center with the HICAP group to determine what additional benefits I might receive.  Secondly, my advanced-in-yoga friend who is giving me shelter, has offered me a couple more nights on his living room floor to take rest. 

Beyond this, is the most critical need to be victorious over the demoniac adharmic forces on planet earth, particularly the multinational corporations and their ilk, who are driven to control this world and make the rest of us their economic slaves.   It is my most sincere wish to return to Washington D.C. and form a group for the expressed purpose of spiritual direct action!  Please give me any and all cooperation to do this.  I'm ready.  Are you ready?

Everybody is invited to be involved in this global spiritual war.  Welcome to the future, and let us all be brave of heart, cooperate and love with one another, and succeed in returning this world to righteousness.

Craig Louis Stehr, August 25, 2014
Snail mail: POB 11406, c/o NOSCW, Berkeley, CA 94712-2406

48th San Francisco Ratha Yatra "Festival of the Chariots" Sublime Success

The 48th annual San Francisco Ratha Yatra "Festival of the Chariots" began promptly at noo
n in Golden Gate Park.  The highly decorated and flower bedecked chariots, pulling Lord Sri Krishna and other deities, slowly made their way to the meadow below "hippie hill", where an afternoon of staged music and dance, plus a FREE vegetarian feast was served to all.  Hundreds of bhakti yogis took turns pulling the chariots with ropes, played traditional Indian instruments, danced ecstatically, and chanted vigorously.  The overall effect was a deeply peaceful, sublime experience for all participants.  The general public lined the route and joined in with chanting the mahamantram, clapping to the beat, and urged the devotees onward!  This is precisely the energy needed to counteract the hopeless, depressed, sinking situation which materialism and postmodernism in general represents.  Bhakti yoga offers an elixir; spiritual direct action is an idea whose time has come.

To all of my spiritual associations: Please know that an advanced bhakti has hosted me at his place following my return to California from New Orleans. On Saturday I enjoyed the SF Mime Troupe's play "Ripple Effect", which encourages everyone to fight back against the multinational corporations and their ilk, who seek to control this world and make economic slaves of the rest of us. I am available for spiritual direct action, particularly in Washington D.C.  Please contact me.

Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar has passed

Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar has passed on.

 Amazing experience when I visited his teaching center in Pune, summer of 1994. Spent an afternoon on the roof with the glass encased murti of Hanuman, discussing the Ramayana with one of his earliest students, and my host, affiliated with Sri Aurobindo.  News coverage 

Everthing that You Need to be Blissed Out Forever

Bhagavad Gita...Chapter 18, Verse 66
sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja
aham tvam sarva-papebhyo moksayisyami ma sucah

Additional bliss courtesy of Srila Bhaktivedanta Vamana Maharaj: 

Wisdom from Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do

"The man who is really serious, with the urge to find out what truth is, has no style at all.  He lives only in what is."

 --Bruce Lee, from Part 6, "Beyond System--the Ultimate Source of Jeet Kune Do" (1997)

Poem by Hafiz

Why all this talk of the Beloved,
Music and dancing,
Liquid ruby-light that we can lift in a cup?
Because it is low tide,
A very low tide in this age
And around most hearts.
We are exquisite coral reefs,
Dying when exposed to strange
God is the wine-ocean we crave-
We miss
Flowing in and out of our
--Khwaja Shams-ud-Din Muhammad Hafez-e Shirazi