I spoke with a sceptic and described the experience of chanting the Maha Mantra, and she said roughly this:
You can't prove that any of that is metaphysically true. The shift in consciousness you describe could be a psychological effect of believing in the mantra and in God. In that case you are just seeking a pleasant experience, and the motivation to that is hedonism.
To which I replied:
Yes, you have a point, but your view is based on nihilism; the assumption that nothing is sacred, that sanctity is a human invention, that life is nothing beyond matter. My view is based on the hope that sanctity is real and exists by itself. The hope that there is a reality beyond banality. The search for sanctity needs no motivation, it is its own motivation. It is life seeking its own reality.
We have just aquired access and partnership for a place on the hills of
Gamlestan. I am collecting a group of happy volunteers who wants to
enjoy the spirit of pioneering and building something new!
My vision is to establish a sanctuary for contemplation, art-courses,
studies of scriptures and connection with earth through growing food. To
a large degree it is already a sanctuary with its beautiful garden and
surroundings. The hillside view over Gothenburg allows the mind to take a
break. Breath in, breath out.
Feel most welcome to contact me and investigate if you want to be a part of this. Haribol! Vasudeva das Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday the 11th March we celebrate Gaura Purnima, the appearance of Sri
Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (a.k.a. Nimai), the Golden Avatar, coming
secretly 500 years ago to freely distribute the highest: pure love of
God, and by His own example show the souls in the material world how to go to the Innermost Realm of the Absolute, the heart of God.
will sing devotional songs, Arci mataji gives lecture, there will be
abisheka (Deity bathing), arati (Deity greeting) and lots of wonderful
Prasadam – spiritualized vegetarian food.
A report from the Christmas Tables for our friends, by Satyavrata Muni prabhu. As he points out at the end, not only the love and ecstacy is steadily growing but also the number of visitors. And the popularity. The bookings are coming earlier and earlier. A few days ago (January thus), last year's record (March) was broken when we received the first booking from one of our friends of friends who wanted to be sure to get a place for him and his family at this year's coming Tables, in 11 months.
By Satyavrata Muni Das
The 2016 Christmas tables at our Swedish temple Nimaihuset were yet
another success! A Christmas table is a Swedish tradition where you
visit a restaurant with friends or coworkers in the middle of December
and eat from a large buffet of Christmas dishes, where meat, fish and
alcohol play prominent roles. We are offering a vegetarian Christmas
table two times each December for our friends, for the affordable price of 150 SEK, which
is roughly the price of a main course at an ordinary restaurant.
La Gomera, January 2017. Sweet kirtan with devotees from Europe and South America. The Canary Islands televison was filming. Gurumaharaj told our Premsita Mataji, sixty-fourteen yrs old, to join the dancers, who began following her (from 2:50).
"Join us for an 11-day retreat in the heart
of Mystic India."
These days we will explore the essence of what is
Yoga. Vrindavan is an ancient temple-town with over 5000 temples and
ashrams where the locals and pilgrims share a timeless faith in
Universal Divinity. Since thousands of years the area has been revered
as place for healing and deepening ones own spirituality. Still today
students of sanskrit from various Yoga philosophy schools come here for
purification and to celebrate their diversity in unity. Our retreat is
no exception to that purpose as we embark on a journey within with arts
and yoga as our vessel and tool. Our purpose with this retreat is not
tourism but rather to share with you an insight into one of the few living ancient cultures of this world.
An incredible moment of healing at Standing Rock: Hundreds of veterans ask Native elders for forgiveness.
"We fought you. We took your land. We signed treaties
that we broke. We stole minerals from your sacred hills. We blasted the
faces of our presidents onto your sacred mountain... We didn’t respect
you, we polluted your Earth, we’ve hurt you in so many ways but we’ve
come to say that we are sorry. We are at your service and we beg for
your forgiveness." -Wes Clark, Jr.