Here is a beautiful documentary directed by Jeffrey M. Pill titled The Yogis of Tibet. It explores the lives of Tibetan yogis, their philosophy and spiritual practices. Featuring rare footage of interviews with Tibetan Master Yogis and reclusive Tibetan monks who have reluctantly agreed to be filmed while performing their ancient secretive yogic practices. This movie gives insight into their spiritually dedicated lives as well as Tibetan Buddhist spiritual culture.
A very inspirational talk by Ron Finley: The Gangsta Gardener from LA. Ron envisions a world where gardening is gangsta, where cool kids know their nutrition and where communities embrace the act of growing, knowing and sharing the best of the earth’s fresh-grown food. I think what Ron is doing is truly Gangsta Cool. Our lives and our communities can change tremendously by growing our own food and connecting to our food source. It’s so important to start taking action and build our own vision of a New Healthy Reality. Ron shows us that it doesn’t have to be so difficult even if one lives in the inner city…Thank you Ron for being a great role model that we can learn from.
“Growing your own food is like printing your own money.”
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Here is an interesting, spontaneous discussion between two biologist: Rupert Sheldrake & Bruce Lipton. They share their experience as biologists working within the system of conventional science, discussing how they stepped out of this conventional system of scientific dogma to pursue a path of open-minded scientific exploration. They further talk about the field of biology, quantum physics, the dogmas of the scientific community, funding of scientific experiments & projects, belief systems, self-healing, consciousness studies, epi-genetics, the human genome project, morphic resonance and much more.
“Bad religion is arrogant, self-righteous, dogmatic and intolerant. And so is bad science. But unlike religious fundamentalists, scientific fundamentalists do not realize that their opinions are based on faith. They think they know the truth.” —Rupert Sheldrake
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This is a video my partner & I produced for Shri Kali Ashram. Shri Kali Ashram is a unique Shaiva-Shakta Tantra Yoga Ashram focused on sharing and preserving the traditional spiritual science of Tantra Yoga. In this video students and teachers share their experiences of the Shri Kali Tantra Yoga system.
After years of trying many yoga “styles” at a variety of yoga studios & centers in New York City, we felt that most of them were lacking authenticity and depth that we intuitively felt yoga was intended to embody. Then, in 2009 on our visit to India we stumbled upon Shri Kali Ashram and met Bhagavan Shri Shanmukha Anantha Natha, a very charismatic Tantric Master teacher. Since discovering Shri Kali Ashram and it’s teachings, our Journey into Self has intensified manyfold and it continues to be a very interesting, empowering and beautiful unfolding. For a peek into Shri Kali and it’s teachings, watch the video and discover the beauty of this place for yourself.
Here is a tiny glimpse into the insights of our experience: Yoga is an ancient spiritual science not just a feel good, look good work out…even though that too brings benefits. The depths one can explore with authentic traditional teachings are infinitely multi-dimensional and non-linear. If one is open and receptive, these teachings can bring a total shift in one’s being; from overall good health (mental, emotional, physical & spiritual), to living joyfully, without fear, in the moment, as well as seeing through the predominant world view that is slowly becoming outdated. One can cultivate a life culture that can truly transform one’s whole being and experience of the world. Yoga is not about theory, it’s about living life and experiencing it deeply with full presence. Once we drop our shackles of psychological imprisonment we can open to the LOVE that we are and start living to our full potential, realizing and recognizing our Divine Nature.
Ultimately, words can never fully capture the understanding and knowingness that penetrate one’s being upon realization of Truth.
“Yoga is a science, to perform it is an art.” —Bhagavan Shri Shanmukha Anantha Natha
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This video is the first of a series of 16 lessons on authentic Kabbalah. I recommend everyone watch this first introductory video even if Kabbalah is not something you want to explore deeper. I do think it’s important we all become familiar with the various spiritual wisdom traditions that are out there and understand that they are all pointing us to the one Truth. Each in their own unique and beautiful way.
In this video Anthony Kosinec introduces “what Kabbalah is” and “what Kabbalah isn’t” in this overview of some of its basic concepts, and the difference between authentic Kabbalah and how Kabbalah is popularly viewed. He speaks from the perspective of “practical Kabbalah,” as taught today by Rav Michael Laitman, PhD. Essentially, this is the process of how to reveal Kabbalah’s hidden aspect: the Upper Worlds—what is hidden behind our five senses.
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QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a very engaging and powerful documentary exploring the subject of the dwindling bee colonies, the causes for their collapse and educating us on the importance of bees to all of life on this planet, especially the human species. Without the bees pollinating our crops it will be hard to survive…This film takes us on a journey into the fascinating world of the beehive, the lives and struggles of beekeepers and shows us the solutions of bringing our culture back into balance with nature.
It’s time for us to bring back reverence towards nature and live in tune with her rhythms so we ourselves don’t become an endangered species. Educating ourselves and becoming aware, not just on a personal level but also on a community and global level is a must in order for us to heal ourselves and in turn the environment. It’s time we bring awareness into our lives and wake up to our own ignorance…
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Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 – 1986) is regarded globally as one of the greatest thinkers and teachers of all time. He did not expound any philosophy or religion, but rather talked of the things that concern all of us in our everyday lives, of the problems of living in modern society with its violence and corruption, of the individual’s search for security and happiness, and the need for mankind to free itself from inner burdens of fear, anger, hurt, and sorrow. He explained with great precision the subtle workings of the human mind, and pointed to the need for bringing to our daily life a deeply meditative and spiritual quality.
For a more in depth exploration of Krishnamurti, his teachings and the values his life was exemplifying, watch this documentary and/or explore the links below.
“I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. That is my point of view, and I adhere to that absolutely and unconditionally. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path.” – Jiddu. Krishnamurti
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I always appreciate art that directs the attention to that which is Divine and Timeless…it has a potency to instill a sense of humbleness and reverence.
Here is just such a piece titled “Devotion” by Autumn Skye Morrison. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do…
Artist Statement: “My purpose is to create. In that process I find stillness and rhythm, my teacher and passion. With intention, I aim to share honesty and awakening; to celebrate this fantastic adventure; to inspire and be inspired. Each canvas takes me on a journey, and as my paintbrush follows, each time I am lead back to my center…..May my paintings be a mirror, a reflection of your universal light, your human essence, and your timeless divinity.”
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Cassandra Vieten PhD, director of Research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences gives a nice talk about the Science of Interconnectedness as part of the TED – NapaValley 2012.
The Institute of Noetic Science, founded in 1973 by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, is a nonprofit research, education, and membership organization whose mission is supporting individual and collective transformation through consciousness research, educational outreach, and engaging a global learning community in the realization of our human potential.
“The desire to live life to its fullest, to acquire more knowledge, to abandon the economic treadmill, are all typical reactions to these experiences in altered states of consciousness. The previous fear of death is typically quelled. If the individual generally remains thereafter in the existential state of awareness, the deep internal feeling of eternity is quite profound and unshakable.” –Edgar D. Mitchell
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Cave in the Snow is the fascinating story of Tenzin Palmo, one of the first western women to become a Tibetan Buddhist nun. The book starts with growing up in London and follows Tenzin as she embarks on her journey to India where she meets her master, joins a monastery and then spends 12 years alone in a Himalayan cave meditating. After her long retreat she decides to build a nunnery in Northern India and ends up fighting for women’s rights in the spiritual establishment. It’s a very captivating book that I couldn’t put down…a true page turner. Not only is Tenzin’s story very interesting, but the book is also educational on the subject of Tibetan Buddhism’s beginnings in the West. When Tenzin isn’t traveling and teaching she resides at Dongyu Gatsal Ling nunnery.
Cave in the Snow documentary
“I have made a vow to attain Enlightenment in the female form – no matter how many lifetimes it takes.” —Tenzin Palmo
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