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Anam Cara Meditation Foundation
         Nourishing meditators since 2001

OM NAMAH SHIVAYA

Happy Shivaratri!

Most people have only visited three states in their entire lives! Then they die. What are those states? The waking, dream and deep sleep states of consciousness. But the most extraordinary state of Consciousness, the state that both transcends and subsumes the three ordinary states, is the fourth state – the state of meditation. Many folks are becoming aware of meditation practices just as many more have become engaged in yoga practices. However, the state of meditation, which is the state of yoga, of union, and the true goal of yoga, remains elusive. It’s a state beyond the ordinary mind, beyond words, beyond description really. Yet directly knowable through our innate power of Consciousness known as Kundalini in the yogic system. This is the meditative state of Unity Consciousness, Shiva Consciousness, unbounded Awareness, Buddha mind, Christ Consciousness, Satchitananda… it doesn’t matter what different traditions call it. The mystics of every tradition reach that same state of ecstatic, rapturous I-awareness that includes everything, all beings, all creation as Self, no-self, both and neither! Go beyond the three states and come to know the truth of your Divine nature!
Learn more about Lawrence's books and other offerings at: http://www.thesoulsjourney.com/the-book/.
Sofia's Gifts

Shiva sees though your eyes, my dear,
He hears through your ears,
Speaks with your tongue
And walks with your legs!
He is the inbreath and the outbreath,
Shiva is your food,
As well as the eater and the enjoyer
of your every meal!

O Lalli!
Dissolve in Shiva!
Lose yourself
in Lord Shiva,
sweet as jasmine!
Om Namah Shivaya!
Om Namah Shivaya!
Om Namah Shivaya!

Inspired by Lalleshwari, 14 century Kashmir Shaivite saint.



 

 

Dear Friends,

Our mission at Anam Cara is to make meditation training freely available to everyone and to support people in their ongoing meditation practices. We do this through free weekly programs now on Zoom, our website, YouTube, and this e-newsletter.
 
Please subscribe to our YouTube channel for free and "like" the videos you enjoy!  Simply doing this helps to make our offerings more available to others.

The Thursday night meditation group Zoom link with added security is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/665891390?pwd=RDBZSFBTd0dpNTZwQzFoKzVEUUtYdz09. Please keep your audio and video off during the program, at the end we open it up to everyone.  This ensures the best quality recording for posting on YouTube. Meeting 665 891 390.  password: OmKaliMa. The program begins at 7:15pm NY time.

Given the state of turmoil in the world, it is especially important that we have an inner state of calm centeredness that empowers us to bring wisdom, compassion and transformation into the world. This is Dharma in action, living a dedicated life of practice and seva in the world.  The practices protect and envelop us in Dharma Shakti, the power of Dharma.  Mahatma Gandhi, quoting the Bhagavad Gita, said, "where there's dharma, there is victory."  My early teacher, Trungpa Rinpoche, spoke about this as the way of the Shambhala Warrior - energetically bringing dharma, compassion, loving-kindness, generosity and peace into the world.  Be a powerful embodiment of that, your highest nature.  In this way, adhering to dharma, the ego mind becomes a selfless servant of All, the One that has become the many. Meditation culminates in knowing directly that you are the One and the many, nothing left out.  Tat twam asi!  Thou Art That!  Empowered by that direct knowing we stand firm for dharma in the world, we walk dharma into the world to help relieve the suffering of all beings.

In this dark age, when dharma is on her last leg, we are her legs, we have to stand for dharma, walk dharma into the world, be dharma warriors actively walking love, compassion, wisdom and service into the world. In the past it was fine to wrap oneself in practices, merge into unity Consciousness and let go of the rest of the world.  Not now!  Out of the caves, out of monasteries, off our cushions, we have to take dharma, the truth, the love, the wisdom, the compassion, and the practices, fearlessly into all environments. We may cry a river of tears for all the pain and suffering in the world even as we stand as a pillar of fire, the fire of love and compassion, illuminating the way forward, the way of dharma in action. 

Be the light that illumines all around you! You are the living Presence of the Divine!  Be true to your true nature!

When I was offering meditation programs in prisons for years I saw the power of grace, Shakti Kundalini, inherent in the mantras and practices, transform even the lives of murderers.  We need to bring the power of our practices, wisdom, love and service into the halls of power, into government and corporate headquarters and into under-served communities.  The economic and political systems we've evolved are the epitome of kali yuga - profits above all, empty, afflicted individuals voraciously consuming the environment and oppressing people with no end to their hunger for power and possessions.  Our afflicted, unconscious, and undisciplined minds give rise to endless suffering.  We can view the mind, our own and others, with understanding and compassion as we endeavor to create global change.

May our practices empower us to be agents of wakefulness, love and compassion as we work to transform our world.

Meditation is key to our inner and outer transformation. Through meditation we directly experience our innate fullness, free of want or need.  In meditation we directly experience our unity with all - the illusion of "other" is dispelled. 

There is only One, the Divine, known by many different names, but always One. One all-embracing Divine, One all-embracing Love.  Tat Twam Asi!  Thou Art That!

As a non-profit educational organization we are grateful for the support of participants and donors whose generosity makes all this possible. Because of your generous gifts we are in our 20th year of serving meditators and seekers around the world. I deeply appreciate the many ways people help us to fulfill our mission, including sharing this newsletter with others and telling people about our programs.  It's a privilege for me to serve the Anam Cara community.  Please contact me, le@anamcara-ny.org, if you have anything you would like to share with me. 

With love and respect for all,

Lawrence Edwards, PhD - Founder & Director
Anam Cara Meditation Foundation

Weekly Meditation Program
Thursday Evenings   7:15-8:30pm Eastern time
Online Anam Cara Meditation Center
While COVID remains a deadly threat we will continue to meet via Zoom.
Everyone is welcome.  This is a recurring meeting for Thursday night meditation starting at 7:15pm New York time.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/665891390?pwd=RDBZSFBTd0dpNTZwQzFoKzVEUUtYdz09

Meeting ID: 665 891 390   Password: OmKaliMa

Download Chants & Mantras and the Heart Sutra HERE.
If you have any questions please email info@anamcara-ny.org.
 
Meditation Resources:
  • Free written and guided meditation recordings from Anam Cara Meditation.  Click here.
  • Meditation, Mantra and Kundalini resources from Lawrence.  Click here.
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