Lead Me From The Unreal to the Real – The Muddenahalli Deception

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Lead me from the asat to the sat.
Lead me from darkness to light.
Lead me from death to immortality
Om Peace Peace Peace.

(Brhadaranyaka Upanishad — I.iii.28)

 

“Look at the moon, not at the finger pointing to it,” the Zen parable says. A guide points the way but is not the Way itself.  He cannot carry the pupil on his back, can only propose conditions that will support the aim. Spiritual teaching is not a one-way process—the guide must also be a student. It’s an essential chain through which higher forces can manifest on Earth. Mutual sincerity will make the relationship fruitful. If the teacher is not also growing, something is gradually lost: the connection to the higher. His role is to enable you to see, as he does, without judgment. Then your conscience or your soul has room to appear and become the real guide.” Sathya Sai Baba was an inner experience that touched the soul not an entertainer!

 

Video with Photos of the Muddenahalli Group while out and about to the catchy rap music

” Human” – artist Rag n Bone Man 

 

Currently, in the darkness of our ignorance, we believe ourselves to be bound and limited (otherwise we would not be reciting prayers or mantras in the first place). But the Guru and the scriptures are telling us that, in truth, we are not, never will be and never have been, bound. Eternally we are Sat-Cit-Ananda. The only thing that can remove our ignorance regarding our true nature is a spiritual education at the hands of a True Master – A Sat Guru. At the culmination of such an education, light floods the room, as it were; darkness vanishes and we become wise. This is exactly what  Sathya Sai Baba spent decades teaching us. He said time and time again, we have the source within and the duty of the guru is to point the way.  This was his mission.

Sai Baba  told devotees during 2006 that His mission was already complete. He also told us that Sat Gurus only leave their bodies once they have finished their missions. He directed us away from being attached to His form and asked us to be attached to the eternal Atma which is the reality of all forms. He said that when He left His body He would remain as the eternal Atma,  that He would not come back in any astral form or subtle body. He actually didn’t mention another  means of communication through someone else.

Therefore, if we trust what Sai Baba said, we know that He completed His mission and having completed it, He left His body and remains as the eternal Atma, which is His reality. Since  Sathya Sai  Baba said that illness could not defeat him, we also understand He left His body voluntarily.

Although  Muddenahalli Madhusudan claims otherwise that Sai Baba died prematurely leaving him to continue his mission for so many years. He is blatently contradicing all that Sathya Sai Baba said when alive. That Sai Baba failed to complete His mission before leaving His body and that He, Sai Baba, has therefore had to come back in a subtle body to finish it. Madhusudan is now encouraging devotees to be attached to and seek visions of this subtle body through Madhusudan.

But wait a minute! What Has Sathya Sai Baba actually declared?

Sai Baba doesn’t need or use mediums or intermediaries:”I never speak through another. I never use another or possess another physical vehicle to express Myself. I am not a ghost or spirit to do so, to need some medium. I come direct, I speak direct, I come as I am or as I will to come in fresh created Forms. I do not use weak vacillating human vehicles; I confer boons straight and without any intermediary”. (Sathyam Sivam Sundaram Part 2)

However Madhusudan claims that Swami has also gone back on His word that He never uses intermediaries and is now using Madhusudan as an intermediary to convey messages to His devotees. Who are we going to believe? Swami’s own recorded words or Madhusudan’s unverified claims (which contradict so much of what Swami says)? I choose to place my faith in Sathya Sai Baba while in His physcial body!

Madhu with Sai Baba

Madhusudan World Traveller:

 

Madhusudan, unlike Sai Baba, travels the world. He does so business class!  Needless to say his travels are costly. From the travel reports send out to followers, we read about his expensive trips abroad, we gather nothing about them is cheap. He is travelling in style!  So what about money? Like everything else, “the spiritual” must be paid for. Rent is due, and gas and electricity aren’t free and plane tickets are expensive and Hotels do not come free!  Madhusudan, like so many other self-styled gurus, demand and get huge sums from hopeful followers who somehow believe that the more something costs, the more valuable it is.  That standard may apply to consumer goods but “authentic gurus” tend to live simply.  If a luxurious lifestyle is given as proof of efficacy, you may have cause to question the teacher and the teaching, and your own values. Do you  really value imitations more than the real thing?  Sathya Sai Baba darshans was always a deep experience that gave us a radiance that was found nowhere else. With Madhusudan its sheer entertainment! – A mere shadow of what is truly real.  While on the subject of the “Real Thing”  what about the ancient practice of  Tithing? (To give monies for aid.)  If a spiritual community supports the helpless and softens the harsh division between those who have too much and those who have not enough, tithing is blessed. But there is no spiritual gain from supporting some charismatic “rascal”  who turns spiritual seekers into his own ATM machine by  actively engaging in tithing. (Taking donations from followers.)

Be wary of cults, they are easy to join but hard to leave. A genuine teaching on the contrary may be hard to find and harder to enter, but very easy to walk away from. Are you being courted? Cults seek recruits. Speak to followers who left, not just the ones who stayed: how were they treated? Are they grateful for what they received?

 

Tithing

To exact a tithe from (a person, community, parish, etc.

Offering of Flowers To Sathya Sai Baba – Source Sai Baba Of India
Madhusudan – offering a double blessing – but what’s the expression on his tired looking face, if it is not  one of sadness

Wandering Though Brittany, France – Children Of Light

 

Hybiscus from the florist shop
Hybiscus from the florist shop

 

 

Geraniums in the sunset
Geraniums in the sunset

We discover or re-discover ourselves only through our  travels and unplanned travel is the most exhilarating experience. Getting lost on the journey and refinding our path again is all part of the bigger journey called life. I truly believe that not all those who wander are lost even though we may think so. But for the ones who are lost, wandering is the only way to find themselves. So each little journey we embark upon and each adventure we take, is a smaller part of the whole – that bigger adventure that becomes us. We are our journey.    Eve

 

 

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The bridge spanning Pontivvy

 

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pink lilly

 

Rochefort en terre the village of flowers
Rochefort en terre
the village of flowers

 

 

centre of Josselyn
centre of Josselyn

 

Pontivvy - down by the river.
Pontivvy – down by the river.

 

the bridge that spans the town of Pontivvy, Fr.
the bridge that spans the town of Pontivvy, Fr.

 

Josselyn Castle Gult of Morbihan
Josselyn Castle – Gulf of Morbihan

 

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Josselin the Bridge into the Town
Josselin the Bridge into the Town

 

 

Josselyn, the high street

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“Stop ye travellers as you pass by
As you are now, so once was I
As I am now, soon you shall be –
Prepare yourself to follow me.

Graffiti response:

To follow you
I am not content —
How do I know which way you went?”

~ Tombstone Epitaph In Tasmania Australia.

Geometry Of Light From Cathedrals Of France

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THE SUN

“But to receive the sun, one must first have dwelt for a long while in its thrice-blessed courts. One must have gone to meet it for a while, must have long been its student. As to bad monuments, the sun has nothing to say to bad artists whom the open air of the work yards has not prepared with understanding.

Is it possible that everyone is oblivious to, or mistakes, the sun’s gifts? Does it not present the universe with majesty, making everything perceptible and living? Does it not inspire the poet, whether famous or obscure? The sun is responsible for the prosperity of the farmers, the joy of animals, the fertility of the land; and man’s thoughts perhaps have their hearth in its light and warmth. For a long time man believed he saw God’s truth blazing in its fires, and God wishes us to adore the sun. When it shines, the earth is modelled according to its divine flame.

Thus it is allowed, and, by patience and diligence, it is possible, to understand and feel the geometry of light. In this spirit tastes response in silence, drawing forth from it a new energy and generosity.”

– Auguste Rodin, ‘The Cathedrals of France’

thanks to Jake Murray for the article

 

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Les nouvelles cloches de la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris exposées dans la nef en février 2013
Les nouvelles cloches de la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris exposées dans la nef en février 2013

 

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Light Festival de Lyon, France - Cathedral de Lyon
Light Festival de Lyon, France – Cathedral de Lyon

 

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Majestic Carcassone cathedral interiors in sun light. Lanquedoc, France.
Majestic Carcassone cathedral interiors in sun light. Lanquedoc, France.

 

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- sun rays beaming through the old stained glass window of saint denis cathedral and lighting interior with tomb. Paris, France, Europe.
– sun rays beaming through the old stained glass window of saint denis cathedral and lighting interior with tomb. Paris, France, Europe.

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https://sathyasaimemories.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/17436076-majestic-carcassone-cathedral-interiors-in-sun-light-lanquedoc-france
https://sathyasaimemories.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/17436076-majestic-carcassone-cathedral-interiors-in-sun-light-lanquedoc-france

Each Generation – Inspirational Quotations

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“Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.”
― W.B. Yeats, The Collected Poems


EACH GENERATION

“Each generation doubtless feels called upon to reform the world. Mine knows that it will not reform it, but its task is perhaps even greater. It consists in preventing the world from destroying itself. Heir to a corrupt history, in which are mingled fallen revolutions, technology gone mad, dead gods, and worn-out ideologies, where mediocre powers can destroy all yet no longer know how to convince, where intelligence has debased itself to become the servant of hatred and oppression, this generation starting from its own negations has had to re-establish, both within and without, a little of that which constitutes the dignity of life and death.

In a world threatened by disintegration, in which our grand inquisitors run the risk of establishing forever the kingdom of death, it knows that it should, in an insane race against the clock, restore among the nations a peace that is not servitude, reconcile anew labour and culture, and remake with all men the Ark of the Covenant. It is not certain that this generation will ever be able to accomplish this immense task, but already it is rising everywhere in the world to the double challenge of truth and liberty and, if necessary, knows how to die for it without hate. Wherever it is found, it deserves to be saluted and encouraged, particularly where it is sacrificing itself. In any event, certain of your complete approval, it is to this generation that I should like to pass on the honour that you have just given me.”

– Albert Camus, Nobel Prize speech.

 

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1957 was awarded to Albert Camus “for his important literary production, which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times”.

 

link to the full speech – Albert Camus

http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1957/

To the People of Paris, France: – “je suis désolé”  Toutes nos pensées sont tournées vers les victimes et leurs proches. Difficile de mettre des mots sur ce que l’on ressent ce matin. Restons debout.

 

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Seeing Everything As A Gift – Inspirational

Photo from Corlay, Brittany, 2014
Photo from Corlay, a small village in central  Brittany,

Walking around with my camera as I tend to do,  I never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. I keep putting one foot in front of the other, until something appears I want to photograph. The picture here is of a path, one I regularly visit.  While shooting  the photo, I’d focused on the trees only, thus, had not seen the lady with the white dog. Sitting later in the computer room, editing the photo, the lady in the far background suddenly became visible.  How had I missed her? She was wearing  a red coat, a colour that stands out, but somehow I had not seen her. Now, I wonder was she real or was she a phantom?  I will never know. She is a pleasing gift for this photo though.   Thank you lady in the Red Coat!   


“As we traversed rural India at the speed of a couple of miles per hour, it became clear how much we could learn simply by bearing witness to the villagers’ way of life. Their entire mental model is different—the multiplication of wants is replaced by the basic fulfillment of human needs. When you are no longer preoccupied with asking for more and more stuff, then you just take what is given and give what is taken. Life is simple again. A farmer explained it to us this way: “You cannot make the clouds rain more, you cannot make the sun shine less. They are just nature’s gifts—take it or leave it.”

When the things around you are seen as gifts, they are no longer a means to an end; they are the means and the end. And thus, a cow-herder will tend to his animals with the compassion of a father, a village woman will wait three hours for a delayed bus without a trace of anger, a child will spend countless hours fascinated by stars in the galaxy, and finding his place in the vast cosmos.

So with today’s modernized tools at your ready disposal, don’t let yourself zoom obliviously from point A to point B on the highways of life; try walking the back roads of the world, where you will witness a profoundly inextricable connection with all living things.”

–Nipun Mehta, PATHS ARE MADE FOR WALKING: Four steps to take on the road of life


Here are several other favourite paths from central Brittany, France. “Photos of Fall”

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a favourite path
a favourite path

The Light In Chartres- Children Of Light

9 minutes long, the Secret of the Light, Chartres Cathedral , France.

You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.
(Matthew 5:14, The Message)”

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Lamp Of Love

– by Rabindranath Tagore

Light, oh where is the light?
Kindle it with the burning fire of desire!

There is the lamp but never a flicker of a flame—-is such thy fate, my heart?
Ah, death were better by far for thee!

Misery knocks at thy door,
and her message is that thy lord is wakeful,
and he calls thee to the love-tryst through the darkness of night.

The sky is overcast with clouds and the rain is ceaseless.
I know not what this is that stirs in me—-I know not its meaning.

A moment’s flash of lightning drags down a deeper gloom on my sight,
and my heart gropes for the path to where the music of the night calls me.

Light, oh where is the light!
Kindle it with the burning fire of desire!
It thunders and the wind rushes screaming through the void.
The night is black as a black stone.
Let not the hours pass by in the dark.
Kindle the lamp of love with thy life.

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Photograph Source: Chartres FB. Page. with thanks…

The Sacred Geometry Of Chartres..

http://www.charlesgilchrist.com/SGEO/Gal902.html

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One Vast Garden, Ananadamayi Ma – Inspirational Quotations

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It’s raining again so i decided it was time to create a video of my garden. I can’t sit in my garden this summer, it’s far too wet, but I can look at my photos. Actually, i spent the morning weeding and cutting back tree branches, until the skies opened and drenching rain poured down, putting an end to the weeding work. I am sure my 1/3rd of an acre garden has been the biggest joy and sense of achievement in my life, although it is hard work.

I don’t expect to live here  for too many more years.  But I have such fond memories of sweet summers and dazzling golden falls, through my collection of digital photos. Now with you tubes on line, we ‘all’ can capture our pleasant moments and keep them forever. We’re Really blessed that way.

This you tube, should you decide to watch is better seen on LARGE screen.

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“I find one vast garden spread out all over the universe.

All plants, all human beings, all higher mind bodies

are about in this garden in various ways ,

each has his own uniqueness and beauty.

Their presence and variety give me great delight.

Every one of you adds with his special feature to the glory of the garden.”

~ Anandamayi Ma

 

Chartres in Photos – Inspirational Quotations

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the small rue leading to the Great Cathedral doors.

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Pilgrimage churches continued in popularity in the Gothic period (1100-1400).  In France, one of the most important of these churches was Notre Dame de Chartres known today simply as Chartres Cathedral.  Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the church housed a sacred relic: a piece of the Virgin’s tunic.  Ravaged by fire on two occasions, the relic miraculously survived and thus Chartres became a very popular pilgrimage destination in the Gothic period.

Now, the Gothic architectural style is markedly different than the Romanesque (though both prefer stone).  In the Gothic, everything was all about height – taller, taller, taller.  These churches reached towards the heavens and cities in France competed for the honor of having the tallest structure.  In order to create these tall structures, some modifications had to be made.  First, the Gothic got rid of the rounded arches utilized in the Romanesque and instead pointed arches were used because they could better direct the weight to the ground and thereby allowed for greater height.  Also, the Gothic period is characterized by flying buttresses and ribbed groin vaults (which will be discussed in a second).  All three of these things (pointed arches, flying buttresses, and ribbed groin vaults) allowed for taller structures and also increased wall space devoted to windows, particularly stained glass.

Looking at the facade of Chartres Cathedral, you’ll notice that is dominated by a large circular window, or a rose window.  Also, two soaring towers reach towards the heavens – and yes, I know they are strikingly different from one another.  That is because they were built at different times. Please continue the journey of Chartres through the link attached. Not only does it provide a wonderful history of the cathedral, there are also detailed “you tubes” depicting every aspect of Historical Chartres.  … enjoy.

http://www.fischerarthistory.com/chartres-cathedral.html

The North Porch - the sculpure narrates the history of humanity from the creation of the coming of Christ and its continued in the South Porch.
The North Porch – the sculpure narrates the history of humanity from the creation of the coming of Christ and its continued in the South Porch.
The figures of St. Paul, St. John, St. James the Greater, St. James, the Minor and St. Bartholomew.
The figures of St. Paul, St. John, St. James the Greater, St. James, the Minor and St. Bartholomew.
Royal Portal -
Royal Portal –
From the North Porch looking over the town
From the North Porch looking over the town
Chartres Cathedral At Night
Chartres Cathedral At Night
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The last Rose Stain Glass window
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The side Aisle inside Cartres
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Our Lady
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