Monday, December 15, 2008

Rebbe Schneerson and Miles Davis 1986 New York



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Two great events features in my life June 1986


Darshan of SAINT Rebbe Schneerson and Mr. Mile’s Davis one of the Greatest artist of Jazz

June 20, 1986, Wednesday 9 a.m. Manhattan a fine summer’s day I have darshan of the great Sage Rebbe Schneerson Brooklyn New York.

Rebbe as He became known in the Jewish world was a man that deeply inspired me. He was the Embodiment of virtue. Highly revered great thinker philosopher and mystic.

I am aware of a miraculous eye operation that happen in South Africa when Rebbe was asked to pray for and individual. Similary on numerous occasion’s Healing has been reported from the Jewish world.

2 p.m . Wednesday
Mile’s Davis, I was fortunate indeed to attend the grand show at the Avery Fisher Hall in Manhattan paid $ 25.00 for entry then, for a seat on the balcony, the acoustic was magic.

Jay Beckenstein featured on the same show with Spyro Gyra.

The most memorable moment in my life in music and the world of JAZZ. I reminisce at night, at my apartment in Manhattan, my days at Dorkay House Eloff Street Johannesburg South Africa.

Article on the Rebbe courtesy Chabad Denmark, His life enjoy.


Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the leader -"the Rebbe"- of the Lubavitch movement Lubavitch of Chassidic Judaism for forty four years, was a paradoxical man. While he barely set foot outside his neighborhood during his entire leadership, his influence was felt worldwide.

While he was considered one of the world’s foremost religious scholars, he was also recognized as a brilliant scholar in mathematics and science. While he appeared to be an Old World leader whose community was somewhat cloistered, he was thoroughly knowledgeable about the modern world and reached out enthusiastically to society at large, to Jew and non-Jew alike, encouraging the pursuit of virtuousness education, and unity.

Menachem Mendel Schneerson was born on April 18, 1902 (the eleventh day of Nissan 5662), in Nikolayev, a town in the southern Ukraine. His father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchock Schneerson, was a renowned scholar, his mother, Rebbitzen Chana Schneerson, was an aristocratic women from a prestigious rabbinic family. He had two younger brothers, Dovber and Yisroel aryeh Leib.. When Menachem Mendel was five years old, the family moved to Yakaterinoslav, now Dnepropetrovsk, where his father was appointed chief rabbi.

From early childhood, Menachem Mendel displayed prodigious mental acuity, leaving school for private tutoring. By the time he reached bar mitzva, he was considered a Torah prodigy, and during his teenage years, he immersed himself in the intricacies of Torah study. In 1923, he met Rabbi Yosef Yitzchock Schneerson - then the Lubavitcher Rebbe- who drew him into his inner circle giving him various responsibilities; five years later, in Warsaw, he married the Rebbe's second eldest daughter, Chaya Mushka (1901-1988).

A short while later, the couple moved to Berlin, where Rabbi Menachem Mendel had already begun studying mathematics and science at the University of Berlin, Because of the Nazi rise, the young Rabbi and his wife left Berlin in 1933 for Paris, and he continued his studies at the Sorbonne. Primarily, however, he immersed himself in prayer and religious study, and was referred to by his father-in-law on various matters, including the preparation of Lubavitch publications. He also served as his father-in-law's private secretary and traveled on his behalf to visit various Jewish leaders in Europe.

When the Nazis occupied Paris, the couple was forced to escape the city. On June 23, 1941 they arrived in New York, where Rabbi Yosef Yitzchock Schneerson appointed his son-in-law head of Lubavitch's educational arm, as well as the movements social-service organization and its publishing house.

In 1950, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchock passed away. Although Rabbi Menachem Mendel was the obvious successor, he was initially reluctant to accept the mantle of leadership. A year later he formally assumed the title of Rebbe, explaining to members of the movement that while he would be devoted to his work as leader, each man and women was ultimately responsible for his or her own actions, and for his or her pursuit of G-dliness.

The ensuing forty-four years of the Rebbe's leadership saw Lubavitch grow from a small movement nearly devastated by the Holocaust to a worldwide community of 200,000 members. The Rebbe, recognizing the unique needs of the current generation and anticipating the societal needs of the coming decades, began to establish education and outreach centers, offering social-service programs and humanitarian aid to all people, regardless of religious affiliation or background.

He established a corps of Lubavitch emissaries (shluchim) and sent them out to build Chabad - Lubavitch centers worldwide, to serve the spiritual and material needs of the local communities. Today there are more than fourteen hundred Chabad-Lubavitch institutions in thirty-five countries on six continents.

By blending his intense religious and secular training with deep compassion and insight, the Rebbe quietly became a leader to whom other leaders - those in politics, business, and religion - turned for advice. Beginning in 1986, he would personally greet thousands of visitors each Sunday, distributing dollar bills that were meant to encourage the giving of charity; many people saved the dollar bills as a memento of their visit with the Rebbe, a testament to being moved by his presence.

With the fall of communism and the miracles during the gulf war, the Rebbe stated that these are heralding a time of peace and tranquillity for all mankind, the time of Moshiach (messiah). To this end the Rebbe placed much emphasis on the traditional Jewish teachings regarding the time of Moshiach, placing great emphasis in the studying of these concepts. The Rebbe also oft repeated the statement of our sages that through doing just one good deed we can usher in the era of Moshiach. May it be speedily in our days.

In 1992, at the age of ninety, the Rebbe suffered a stroke; he passed away two years later, on June 12, 1994. Shortly thereafter, a bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressmen Charles Schumer, John Lewis, Newt Gingrich, and Jerry Lewis to bestow on the Rebbe the Congressional Gold Medal. The bill passed both Houses by unanimous consent, honoring the Rebbe for his "outstanding and lasting contributions toward improvements in world education, morality, and acts of charity".

Thought of the day !

Shalom Shabbat may the Omnipresence of this Great soul lavish His dovotees with Love.


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Rebbe SCHNEERSON
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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Yogiraj Mani Finger


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Tantra -- Yogiraj Mani Finger.

My mentor in the seventies.

Kavi Yogiraj Mani Finger was born Jewish the only Tantra Guru in South Africa, amongst the four or five in the world at any given moment.

Mani had a vibrant voice and a blue-ribbon sense of humor. When he was six years old Gandhi prophesies then - Mani would become a philosopher. Mahatma Gandhi visited the Fingers farm during His famous march to Transvaal, appealing to General Louis Botha to give Natal Indians their freedom.

Despite his prophetic acquaintance with Gandhi as a child and His intellectual flirtation with philosophy as a student, it was only in 1943, in a British hospital He was introduced to Yoga.

That was the beginning of a distinguished career, pursuit in esoteric sciences, eastern spirituality and philosophy.

In 1949 Mani heard Paramhansa Yogananda discourse in Los- Angeles went on to live with Him at the foot hills of the Himalayas.Mani  met Swami Sivanada of Rishikesh later became Mani’s mentor and initiated Him as Kavi Bharti.
HE expounded on the science of Kabala Judaism reflection on mysticism the tree of life.

Mani introduced me into rare breathing technique's and mantra.
Mani Finger moved to United States to the latter part of His life, took samadi in His nineties in Bocca Rotan Florida.

 “Just because you are seeing divine light and experiencing waves of bliss, or talking with God and Goddesses there is no reason not to know your own phone number”.
Mani


Thought of the day !

The body is a perishable item and a temporary decor on this planet like most goods in a Supermarket. For longevity drink a  cup of soup and eat a toast cheese and tomato on a Thursday!

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Param Yogeshwari Shakti Mata



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This article courtesy of my colleague Richard Josephson from the picturesque island of Hawaii.

Richard has done extensive research on the disciplines Tibetan Buddasim.Yoga and complementary realms of spirituality.

1969 Richard dwelled in a cave for a period of six months in Puttarpati above from Bhagwan Sathya Sai Baba’s Ashram. Richard second trip to Puttarpati was 1985 so was mine.

Atma Gyani, an extraordinary breed, product of Siddha Vigyan home to Eternal Masters.

Roaming in the void, traversing the universe from our earth bound sanctuary in Dhyan. Mataji is a Real Guru, Her aura radiates boundless Shakti and Bhakti.

Courtesy of Richard


This is a most remarkable dakini.For over seven years she never left a small cement room at one of Hinduism’s holiest places, Pausupatinath. For the entire period and some time before, she took
no food or water, and often spent days on end in breathless samadhi.

Richards conversations with Mataji and Essay
 I requested her to talk a bit about her life and how she acquired the siddhi of not needing food or drink for so long. This led into a talk lasting over two hours that covered not only much of her life, but yogic practices as well, her insights while in samadhi.
She also discussed the world’s recent calamities, both natural disasters and man made ones.

Among the interesting insight she had while in samadhi was a vision of the king’s assassination before it happened.(King of Nepal) When she mentioned it, an elder sitting beside me acknowledged that she had mentioned the vision to him before the unfortunate event occurred.

Hundreds of Mahayaggas (great sacrifices) have been performed so far for the sake of renaissance of Vedic Sanatan Dharma (ancient Vedic religion)

Continuity of the royal throne, progress and prosperity, public welfare and world- peace through the infallible will and Inspiration of Trishakti, Shaktimata, Shree Lila Devi, who is gracefully present at Bankali Dharmashala, incarnated as Para strength, the bearer of the supreme yoga and prosperity and the benevolent mother of entire world according to the wish of supreme God in the shape of Om, in the land of demigod, penance and holy land of Nepal.

In order to achieve the goals mentioned above, Shree Shaktimata has decided to perform different Yajnas namely Shatachandi, Shatarudri, Lakshya Hom, Dhanyachal, Brahima Mahapuran, and Vishnupuran that will be started from coming Baisakha, on thirteenth of 2058, an auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya, Thursday and finished on the seventeenth of the same month, Monday, Saptami Tithi.

Shree Shaktimata in the form of unusual divine power:During the first period of her fasting without any food and water, Param Yogaiswaryavati Shaktimata was victorious over nature and radiated with glow. She didn’t come out from the meditation room, continuously performed her Puja and felt ecstatic joy for seven years.

With a view to achieving public welfare and World-peace, she continued her mental prayers, meditation, austerity, etc. and she didn’t have any food and water, she didn’t feel any cold, sleep, (drowsy), hunger, thirst, and passion at all and she didn’t get any sweat on her body.

On fourth of Ashadh month, 2043, on eleventh lunar day, Wednesday, Shree Shaktimata firstly performed the rituals of invisible theory, disappeared radiantly from fourth room number of Brankali Dharmashala and visited in different pilgrimages where she dropped the remaining articles of the religious sacrifices completed earlier.

She took the water from holy rivers and arrived at Badrinathdham. Only there she took some part of articles offered to Badrinaath and all of the Yagyas performed earlier by herself. Thus having played such invisible diversions, the next day after 29 hours, she appeared before her seven devotees dropping the water fountain from her matted hair in her meditation room at Bankali Dharmashala. Some learned devotee wrote mentioning about the glory of her such cosmic dramas:

Boundless Cosmic games played by Shaktimata:The close devotees of Mataji have experienced her boundless miracles.

They have seen her being invisible right from the beginning when she was blessed with divine power, seen her in austerity inside the fires burnt in circles in five places obtaining from food and water and away from the natural rules, seen her going to the holy rivers and seas to have bath there, seen her worshipping in four pilgrimages and twelve Jyotirlingams and after that appearing in her real form from tiny form with fountains of the Ganges in her matted hair in the prayer room of Sadhana Kendra in an overnight.

They have seen her giving advice and articles offered to the deities to his Majesty the King, her Majesty the queen and the other members of the royal family. The devotees of Shaktimata have an eye witness of the beginning and ending of her fasting without food and water for fourteen years.

They have seen hundred’s of followers in the queue for a holy audience of Shaktimata and heard her teaching them, “Do good deeds, be away from sinful activities, handover me whatever you did in the past, now follow the faultless life, try to see the divine power in Vedas, scriptures, cows, Bhrahmins, Monks, Saints, sad people, patients and faithful women.

They have watched her in a state of God union for hours in meditation for months. They have an eyewitness of her suddenly disappearing and appearing in the room after months.

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Param-Yogeswari Shakti Mata
Richard and His beautiful wife.


Richards Information @  http://www.buddhadharma.com/index.html













Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Swami Bhramananda Sarasvati


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The State of Uttar-Pradesh India -- North is home to Uttarkashi and South East the little town Chitrakoot exile and haven to Avatar Shri Ram.

Chitrakoot was the home for Yogiraj Chitranand Jansi -- Guru of Gagangiri Maharaj.

Many SHAKTI worshippers are found in this area but so was one of India’s greatest jewel Swami Brahmananda Sarasvati.

Not only was Swamiji very good - looking, He was highly educated on Vedanta and the science of Yoga. Swamiji was nominated for Shankaracharya of Jyotirmaypitam Himalayas on the way to Badrinath.A seat that was vacant for three hundred years.

Swamiji through out His life lived on germinated gram seeds with a bit of salt.

Swamiji was and exponent on Sri Vidya,followed only by accomplished Sanskrit scholar of India. It is a path that joins Raja Yoga,Kundalin Yoga,Bhakti Yoga and Advaita Vedanta. There are very few scholars that understand these spiritual poems. Sri Vidya is probably practiced by seven to twelve Masters.

In this science Sri Vidya the body is seen as the temple the inner resident Atman as God. A human being is like a miniature universe, and by understanding this, one can comprehend the macrocosm.

Swami Brahmananda is one of the rare Siddha who had the knowledge of Sri Vidya.His authoritative knowledge on the Upanishads and Shankara’s commentary was superb. Swamiji was bestowed a unique ability to tutor attractively the combination of Bhakti and Advaita system.

Swamiji had a Sri Yantra made out of rubies and explained how to worship it. It is interesting to note how great sages channel their spiritual mental and physical resources to the ultimate goal.

Swamij's life's works has a profound impact on my journey of spiritual adventure !!!!.

Thought of the day !

When the nadis are purified by nadishodhana pranayama the prana enters sushumna with the force,and the mind becomes calm. (Shandilyopanishad 1.7.9.10)

"Alak Niranjan"






















Sathya Sai AGNI Miracle



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This photograph was taken in Chennai when Bhagwan Baba gave DARSHAN as agni Devata in the Yagna. The omnipresence of Bhagwan and confirmation of the multifaceted aspect of deity worship in Hinduism.

Puttarpati Baba is the Pantheon in the Vedic way of life.
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Thought of the day !

Bhagwan Baba is Consciousness in its purest pattern that transits planet earth once every three to four thousand years.

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Jai Sai Ram





 








Sathya Sai AEROPLANE Miracle


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In 1985 a passenger plane was flying over the coast of South America when the engine suddenly failed. The pilot knew that a Venezuelan stewardess on board was a devotee of Sai Baba and shouted, "Pray to your guru to save us from disaster!"

No sooner had the stewardess shouted for Baba than He appeared in the sky outside the cockpit. Meanwhile the engine began to function. Babas' image remained in the sky outside for about 20 minutes, during which time the stewardess took this photograph of Him.

(Courtesy of Peggy Mason's Sathya Sai Baba Quarterly Magazine, UK)

Jai Sai Ram.















Sathya Sai SATSANG Miracle


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This photograph taken at a Sai Bajan session in Paris. When the photograph was developed the image of Sai Baba leaving the hall was seen on the photograph.
Baba's omnipresence has been reported millions of times from around the world for the past eighty years.

Sathya Sai Baba has been demonstrating similar leelas at the Sivan Mandir Actonville South Africa.
Thursday service -- Bhagwan steps out of His photograph.
Jai Sai Ram