Saturday, November 20, 2010

Lanzarote, Spain with Swami Vishwananda

November 21 through the 28, 2010 Swami Vishwananda will be in the Canarian Island of Lanzarote, Spain teaching a special workshop. Swami will be with 16-20 people, exclusively, as the Workshop focuses on the Elements: Fire, Earth, Water and Air.

Air, Ether: Lanzarote, Spain

Earth and Fire: Sunrise over the Mountains in Lanzarote, Spain

Water: Seacoast in Lanzarote, Spain

Ramayotee, who will be attending this workshop, wrote in the comments in yesterday’s Virtual-Babaji-Vishwananda entry:

Dearest Mahavatar, no words can express my gratitude to You and Swamiji. My heart jumps in joy when I read Your words of the `finish line`. Tomorrow we will join into a group on an island in the Atlantic Ocean to meet Swamiji for a course on the...elements. All thankfulness to the Lord that we have found our way to You and Swamiji. Please stay with us now and forever! JGD Ramayotee

The Five Elements in Hinduism:
The pancha mahabhuta, or "five great elements", of Hinduism are kshiti or bhūmi (earth), ap or jala (water), tejas or agni (fire), marut or pavan (air or wind), byom or shunya (or akash?) (aether or void). Hindus believe that the Creator used akasha, the most "subtle" element, to create the other four traditional elements; each element created is in turn used to create the next, each less subtle than the last. Hindus believe that all of creation, including the human body, is made up of these five essential elements and that upon death, the human body dissolves into these five elements of nature, thereby balancing the cycle of nature set in motion by the Creator. Each of the five elements is associated with one of the five senses, and acts as the gross medium for the experience of sensations. According to Hindu thought, the basest element, Earth, was created using all the other elements and thus can be perceived by all five senses - hearing, touch, taste, smell, and sight. The next higher element, water, has no odor but can be seen, tasted, heard, and felt. Next comes fire, which can be seen, heard and felt. Air can be heard and felt. "Akasha" (ether)is the medium of sound.

Mahavatar Babaji Quote of the Day

I come to you in this way, via heart to heart and mind to mind communication so that we may encourage and inspire you on your path in yet another way. I want to inspire you to go inside and find a place of firm commitment that not even an earthquake can shake. I wish you to feel free to call on me and your Guru, your spiritual teacher, to help you find that place inside yourself, the Divine Self seated in the heart of man. (Babaji communicates through his Imprinting Method as he explained to Lahiri Mahasaya as written in Autobiography of a Yogi: “When one realizes his unity with mankind, all minds become transmitting stations through which he can work at will.”)

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