Gorakshanath’s cave discovered in Nepal

A group of spiritual seekers found a cave in which the sage Gorakshanath seemed to have meditated for a long period of time in the 10th century AD.  The cave is situated behind a Buddhist  monastery in the surrounding hills an is mainly worshiped because of a Buddhist Lama who meditated in the same place in later years. The long cave has been closed and only a small chamber with a shrine remains. On the website saivism.net we found the following text about the life of Gorakshanath.

Gorakhnath is also known as Siddha Siddhanta and Nath tradition. It was founded by Gorakshanatha (Gorakhnath) who lived about 10th century AD. He is believed to be 3rd, 4th or 5th in a line of 12 prominent teachers of this tradition, which has followers in both Buddhism and Hinduism. He was said to be a disciple of Matsyendranatha who was from Nepal. Followers of this sage believe that knowledge of this tradition was received by Matsyendranath directly from Siva himself. Gorakshanatha is credited with such works as Siddha Siddhanta Paddhathi and Viveka Martanda. He composed them in Hindi. He also created 12 monastic orders across Northern India in an effort to preserve the Adinatha tradition. Other important works of this tradition are Hathayoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita, Siva Samhita and Jnanamrita. The school was predominantly ascetic and adapted many practices of the Pasupatha sect and the Adinatha Tradition in contrast to the Nandinatha tradition followed in the south. Although it is a tantric tradition, it differs from many left-handed (vamachara) schools of tantra with its uncompromising emphasis on the practice of brahmacharya or celibacy and its stand against the use of sexual energy in yogic practices. In the past this groub enjoyed some Muslim following in the northern India and some of them even became heads of their monasteries. Gorakshanatha brought to light many secrets of hatha yoga, kundalini yoga and samadhi and contributed to their present day popularity. Members of the group also dabble in occult sciences and siddhis or super natural powers.

Followers believe that it would be possible through yogic practices to prolong human life and become immortal in the physical body (kayasiddhi). They believe that through the practice of hathayoga it is possible to channel breath energy through a web of nerves or nadis and acquire occult powers as well as achieve liberation. No one knows for sure what these practices are except those who have been initiated into them. Some followers claim to have seen or interacted with beings who are several hundreds of years old. There are claims that Gorakshanatha, the original founder of the school, is still alive and active in our earth plane but does not appear in public. They also believe that Siva is the material and efficient cause of creation and that after liberation the jivas would return to Siva, like bubbles in water. Oneness with Siva can be experienced by serious practitioners of yoga in a deep state of samadhi. Once the state of samadhi is reached, an individual would remain forever established in transcendental consciousness even while engaged in the mundane affairs of the outside world. The group is active in many parts of India and abroad and its followers range from mendicants and street magicians to the most obscure ascetics living in the Himalayas. The popularity of hatha yoga, pranayama, kundalini yoga, holistic medicine, astrology and ayurveda in the modern world can be attributed to a great extent to this tradition.

And here for the first time  you can see some glimpses of this cave in Nepal and the chantimng monks of this sacred place:

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Akiane – 15 year old multi-talent brings people to God

Akiane Kramarik from Idaho (USA) began her deep connection with God age 4. She started to paint amazing artworks – realistic and dream-like – and she brought her atheistic parents to God. Now Akiane is 15 and not only created dozens of amazing artworks, but she also composes music and poetry. On her Blog she recently explained the above painting called “Search for Truth”: “It is a painting about humanity’s search for the origin, destiny, and meaning of life. It is a story of how we look for the truth and how we treat others as they also try to discover it. With so many scientific achievements we know so little of where we came from and where we are going. But we know even less of the most important discovery of all – Love. Only love can accept our differences as we journey through life. And only love can allow space for our growth. The astronaut here represents many of us searching for truth in a controlling way. Although we are still searching, we are convinced that we have already discovered the truth and that everyone should believe it only our way. And believe it at any cost. Just like this man, we stand on a strange little planet trying to posses it. Like a giant we trample on the flowers reaching for light that represent meek and gentle souls ruled by the ignorant, the cunning, the powerful, the prideful, or the aggressive. Sadly, most of the tiny planet is already trampled.

Through his stiff and cumbersome space suit the astronaut is not able to touch and smell the blossoms and is able to view them only through his shatter-proof mask. He presumes the air here is toxic and void of life. So he fears to remove his suit and get contaminated. Yet despite his great knowledge he has not figured out that if flowers bloom, then he too would be able to breathe safely. Even though he dwarfs the planet of flowers, he himself gets dwarfed by a grand space of galaxies and mysteries, which I portrayed through many reality designs including two sets of DNA where divine and human lives interact continuously. I believe everyone should have an opportunity to search for truth their own way. Humility, peace, child-like enthusiasm, acceptance, and sincerity is the true infinity engine!”

Akiane will be the live guest on “2012 and beyond” this Friday, February 19th at 9 pm CET, 8 pm GMT, 3 pm EST, 12:00 noon PST. Don’t miss it. Here is the link of the channel: www.livestream.com/2012truth. More informations, videos and artwork on Akiane’s website.

The Invocation – New documentary about God and World Peace

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We just got news from a great new movie coming out this year. It’s name is “The Invocation – A documentary about God and World Peace”, directed by Emmanuel Itier. As in the film “The Secret” here also hundreds of personalities from all walks of life have been interviewed. The movie is scheduled to be finished by February 2009 and will have its first public appearance  at the Cannes Film Festival this May. Director Emmanuel Itier is an experienced feature film producer and has also been a successful music and film journalist for rock magazines, French TV networks and the internet for the last 15 years. He sits on the board of directors of the Santa Barbara Film Festival and writes poetry. The support crew includes experienced professionals like Claude Budin-Juteau and Byron Werner (Directors of Photography), Yvan Gauthier (Editor), Abderrahim Halaimia, Nathalie Dubois and Evie Sullivann (Associate Producers), Bernard and Françoise Itier (Executive Producers) and Amanda Estremera.

the_invocation-2“The Invocation” is a feature documentary about “God” around the World and through Religion, Spirituality, Science, Politics and Arts. The goal is to show that looking for God leads to finding Mankind. It’s an invitation to elevate our school of thinking and change our code of acting with each other. There are people who choose to believe, others who choose not to believe and others, like the Director, who chose not to choose in order to keep the exploration and the debate going. It’s really ultimately a movie not geared at determining whether there is “a God”, “Being”, “Energy”, or whatever the name given but to help people understand there is a need to go beyond our differences. It’s a message of Peace, Unity and Connectivity. It is an urgent mission in view of the planet in bad health and the many sufferings of the world population. We may not be able to be ONE but we sure can act as One People, One Planet, One Universe.

If you are interested to learn more about “The Invocation”, you can check the official website. I will also ask Gary Quinn, whom I will interview tonight  at 9 PM CET live on jeet.tv and mogulus/jeettvenglish, about this project. He was one of many who have been interviewed. Other interview partner include: Deepak Chopra, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, The Dalai Lama, Dr. Masaru Emoto, and many Rabbis, Sheiks, Priests, Lamas, Historians, Scientists, Philosophers, Entertainers, Peace Activists and Musicians.

Daibutsu – The Great Buddha of Kamakura

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The Great Buddha of Kamakura is a monumental outdoor bronze statue of Amida Buddha in the Kotoku-in Temple in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It is believed that the statue was originally cast in 1252, following an idea by the priest Joko, who also collected donations to build it. The sculptors were One-Goroemon and Tanji-Hisatomo. The statue is approximately 13.35m tall and weighs approximately 93 tons. I had the chance to visit the site several times and was always fascinated by its magnitude; many say it is the most perfect image of the original Buddha. Watch this meditative video here on the blog or click on the vimeo logo to get the HD version. The soundtrack is by Parichayaka Hammerl.