Relax and Meditate with Mother Nature and Flute Music

For the first time I am offering a one-hour meditation with nature scenes, captured over the past 15 years all over the world. The soundtrack is by New York based musician Premik Tubbs, who was inspired to interpret with his flute many soulful melodies composed by his spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy. Sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of Mother Earth which is especially important in today’s time of changes. Filmed and edited by Kedar Misani.

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Imagine a world of peace…

Sri Chinmoy, the well known poet and peace dreamer, inspires us to imagine a new world – a world of peace and oneness.

“Imagination has power.
Imagination is power.
Therefore, be sure to have
A good and elevating imagination.”
“Imagination is a world of reality which is waiting for revelation and manifestation here in this outer world, which we know as reality.”
– Sri Chinmoy

Poems by Sri Chinmoy, Slideshow by Mananyu. Music composed by Sri Chinmoy, arranged by Shindhu; Pictures by Mananyu and Shushuti

Happy Beltane!

May 1st not only marks the “Day of Work” and since a couple of years “The Global Love Day” but it is also called the “Beltane Day”. In Irish mythology, it is the beginning of the summer. Great bonfires would mark a time of purification and transition, heralding in the season in the hope of a good harvest later in the year, and were accompanied with ritual acts to protect the people from any harm by Otherworldly spirits, such as the Aos Sí. Like the festival of Samhain, opposite Beltane on October 31 Beltane was also a time when the Otherworld was seen as particularly close at hand. Early Gaelic sources from around the 10th century state that the druids of the community would create a need-fire on top of a hill on this day and drive the village’s cattle through the fires to purify them and bring luck (Eadar dà theine Bhealltainn in Scottish Gaelic, ‘Between two fires of Beltane’). This term is also found in Irish and is used as a turn of phrase to describe a situation which is difficult to escape from. In Scotland, boughs of juniper were sometimes thrown on the fires to add an additional element of purification and blessing to the smoke. People would also pass between the two fires to purify themselves. English mystic by Tor Jormungandr Webster composed a poem for this day accompanied by the photo of a very special old tree. This is reputed to be the joint largest common oak (quercus robur) in the country, the other being the Bowthorpe oak in Lincolnshire, both just over 40 ft in girth. This tree is in remarkably good condition considering how old it is thought to be – possibly as many as 800 years. The tree stand in the Fredville Park, near Canterbury, a private property.

Oh tree, ancient tree, you have always been there for me,
The way you hold the space of our nature so still,
The way you tell us our history without judging,
In times of sadness and in times of joy, you have always filled my heart,

You have seen through my limits and proven to me my strength,
You have been my dearest friend, being breath in breathless emotions,
Bringing breeze through your leaves, when life seems so still,
Bringing roots to lofty ideas and Branching out when i need to be held.

Thank you Oh tree I owe you my life, as you so willing give yours.


About our Sun and Sun Gazing

Our sun allows us our daily life, and not only our life but all life forms on this Earth including nature itself. What do we know about our biggest and most important power station. I found some interesting facts on the sun on Hira Ratan Manek’s website. In a second article I will present more details on the Sun Gazing soon.

The Sun is the biggest planet in our planetary system. Its circumference is 109 times bigger than that of the earth and it can accommodate 1.3 million earths in it. Its distance from our earth is 150 million km and it weighs 333,000 times the weight of the earth. Also, 99.8% of the weight of our planetary system is the sun’s weight. Sun continuously sends out fireballs, which are 50,000 km long, 9,000 km wide and whose each jump towards the earth is 200,000 km.  Due to all these magnificent powers of the sun, it is no wonder that it has inspired the mankind throughout the history. It has been worshiped from the earliest of times by many societies living in different parts of the world. Each civilization had a different story about it.

In ancient Egypt, the sun was worshiped as Ra. Mankind and animals were said to have come into being through his tears. The king himself was believed to be the “Son of Ra”. It was also believed that on his death, the king would be re-united with his father, the sun. The pyramids were regarded as a ramp or a means of access to the sky.  Additionally, Ra was believed to travel across the sky in a boat and through the underworld all night. There, in order to rise again the next morning, he had to defeat the evil Apepi. He was represented as rising from the ocean of chaos to greet the world again.

Science has proved the need for sunlight for growth, agriculture, health and numerous other aspects of human life. Many of the myths from around the world reflect a belief in the need for sunlight in the greater scheme of things. Indian mythology too understands the role of the sun. It was worshiped as “Surya” in India in ancient times. According to the Indian mythology, Surya was responsible for health and life, a reflection of what was perhaps the scientific belief of the time. Surya is one of the principal Vedic deities. He is pictured as riding across the sky on a chariot pulled by seven horses. One wonders the analogy between seven horses and the seven colors of light. There is a practice in getting energy on a temporary basis by the Americas. To get energy for their body, Native Indians take sunbath by standing in the sun for two hours exposing maximum parts of their body and they don’t need to eat food on those days.  They sustain on micro food of the sunlight.  When clouds gather we become gloomy.  We see the sun and get energetic.

The phenomenon, initiated by Hira Ratan Manek is in fact a rediscovery of a scientific ritual, which was used to heal physical, mental, emotional and spiritual diseases in ancient times. Ancient Indians called this practice Surya Namaskar, where ancient Egyptians and Americans called it Heliotherapy and Europeans called it Apollo therapy. In the Americas, the sun was also known as INTA. The scientific technique practiced by Hira Ratan Manek is how he derives his energy from the solar energy of the sun. Mankind is also using solar energy for running solar cookers, solar heaters, and solar cars. Similarly, what he does is to convert himself into a solar car by using sunlight. Traditionally, human beings eat secondary sources of energy as the plants and other vegetation depends heavily on the sun for their growth, simply put, the idea here is to learn how to absorb energy from the primary source, that is, the sun itself. There is a scientific explanation of what may be occurring during the exercise of this method. Since the brain is a powerful recipient and the retina and the pineal gland (third eye) being equipped with photoreceptor cells, a kind of photo analysis could be taking place during the Surya Namaskar, which provides a person with all kinds of energy and vitamins that are required for the proper functioning of his internal organs. Additionally, the rays of the sun with seven colors have a cure for all kinds of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, obesity, arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer and others.  If world peace is to be achieved, everyone should have a perfect balance of mind. Thus, this method can also contribute to the world peace. (Portrait by B.J. Raval)

Yellowstone Wildlife

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This is a Yellowstone Wildlife and Scenery video filmed with the new Canon 7D camera. This mid October trip to Yellowstone was the sixth consecutive for Ryan Marshik and Sparky Stensaas; Chris Gibbs joined us for the second time. Guitar music by Russ Viton. To see more wildlife photography of Sparky Stensaas visit photoshelter.com/c/sparkyphotos

The beauty of Grænavatn/Seltún in Iceland

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In the south of the peninsula Reykjanes on Iceland, you find a geothermal area called Seltún. Nearby you find the lake Grænavatn. Both are very impressive places. This is a collection of shots German videographer Marco Asbach had taken there. The shots were taken with a Canon HV20. Captured an edited with iMovie ’09. If you want to see more of his journey to Iceland, check his other videos on vimeo or visit his homepage at zauber-des-nordens.de. (Watch the video in HD quality on vimeo; just click on the vimeo logo). If you like Marco’s videos on Iceland, you can also visit the livestream channel MOMENTS OF SILENCE, where many of his videos are included.

Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage and Peace Glacier

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The Glacier of Aletsch in Southern Switzerland joins hundreds of beautiful, significant and inspirational sites throughout the world that have been dedicated to the cause of peace and international friendship, organized by the International Sri Chinmoy Centres. With its silent vastness, beauty and power this Glacier conveys a sense of overwhelming peace, reminding us of the Source of Creation. Enjoy the feeling of this mountain region that also has been dedicated as a UNESCO World Heritage.