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It is a mysterious trek through life that impels us to remain imbedded in the mass consciousness and at the same time be ready to heed a mysterious call from some unknown source which if ignored will default us into laying down our lives without any notion of the astonishing realities that lie outside the thinking mind. Deep inside we can feel a clock ticking its way to the end of things. Stepping outside the door of our personal existence onto a pathway leading away from earth consciousness is daunting. Once we know that the door to the outside is open and that the unending journey to the “far north” is the real journey, we face a challenge of making our personal lives work while dancing on the inside to a music that does not have death as a boundary.

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Darshan means being in the presence of. In the traditional sense, taking darshan means sitting at the feet of an enlightened master, a saint, a sage, or a seer. Darshan is a tradition that goes back thousands of years. The purpose of receiving darshan is to increase the desire to be one with God, to turn that desire into a longing, that longing into a fire, and that fire into divine ecstasy.

In our modern era, darshan can mean listening to recordings, watching video images of the movements of awakened or enlightened beings, and receiving the spirit essence of who they are and who you are by direct transmission. Regardless of era in time, ancient or contemporary, direct transmission is the only “technique” by which awakening occurs. Some awakened beings transfer their awakening through public gatherings in which an individual might sit in conversation with the master and receive direct input into his or her resistance to being awake. Traditional darshan in India mean singing songs about divine love, chanting the names of God, making offerings of flowers and fruit and incense, and bowing to the lotus feet of the master. Darshan occurs in many forms around the world everyday in large gatherings, small gatherings, and in intimate one-on-one settings.

Sri Anandamayi Ma was born knowing she was in union with God. She grew up knowing she was in union with God. Eventually everyone around her knew she was in union with God. During much of her early life, she would go into samadhi for hours or days at a time. She told others she was never born as her body though her physical presence (1896-1982) was a response, as she said, for a renewal of divine love in a world lost in its materiality. Ma did not leave a body of teachings; in fact, most of her recorded voice consists of answering questions during satsang sessions or chanting mantras in divine ecstasy. The videos below contain these elements of her darshan. The first is a semi-traditional documentary giving some of the ordinary facts of her life; in this video the shakti builds dramatically. The other two videos are almost purely divine energy. Most of the darshan comes through the images of her; some comes through the exquisite singing; the rest comes from one’s own divine source. Don’t forget to enjoy the portrait gallery of images of Ma. Divine shakti is what it is, what you and I are; there is nothing else. Best recommendation is to listen to all three in one sitting. About 45 minutes.

 

 

 

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Darshan means being in the presence of. In the traditional sense, taking darshan means sitting at the feet of an enlightened master, a saint, a sage, or a seer. Darshan is a tradition that goes back thousands of years.

In our modern era, darshan can mean listening to recordings, watching video images of the movements of awakened or enlightened beings, and receiving the spirit essence of who they are and who you are by direct transmission. Regardless of era in time, ancient or contemporary, direct transmission is the only “technique” by which awakening occurs. Some awakened beings transfer their awakening through public gatherings in which an individual might sit in conversation with the master and receive direct input into his or her resistance to being awake. Such darshans occur around the world everyday in large gatherings, small gatherings, and in intimate one-on-one settings. Some darshans occur in the empty spaces between thoughts; this is sadguru territory.

When Amma hugs you after you have been standing in line for hours and after she has been embracing souls wanting to be nourished by the Mother for 10, 12, 20 hours, there can be little doubt to the pilgrim taking her personal darshan that a godbeing walks among us. Her indefatigable energy is impossible to fathom. Even the most mind-burdened soul will be confronted with facts about her, which anyone can see, which are impossible to explain. Her energy and compassion and love come directly from source, from God, from the divine self, and she does not wear out. What she does is all out in the open. She is the Mother; she is the pure devotee of God; she is a bottomless reservoir of love, wisdom, and absolute truth. Millions have passed through her arms; the entire human race fills her heart, with much room to spare. She has ashrams, hospitals, and orphanages all over the world. She tours the US every summer.

The video below was made by a professional film maker and is of the highest technical and directorial quality. Your heart will open, and you will know. Linger for a minute or two after the video to enjoy the photo gallery.

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The only thing that separates us from the fires of infinity is God. Our personal lives go on day after day just outside the veils that define our living and separate us from the naked space where infinity churns out creation in the grand wholeness of it all, and in you in particular, a soul specifically crafted with an array of veils that define what you are to do. Alone and afraid you might be all wrapped up in those veils, looking at a fearsome world with so many urges to command that you just might cry out to God to free you from your human confusions. And God just may do that; He may send you to some sacred site where silence has been cultivated for millennia; he may send you into a little room with a picture of a divine saint who imparts to your heart waves and waves of sacredness. Maybe. If not, so be it. The simple truth of you is that you are going on in infinity, clinging to all those veils even as you quietly prepare for a possible eruption of the dragon into your personal existence. Everyday the veils get thinner. Easy going is what I say.

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How many more questions does humanity have about the world, the universe, and the invisible microscopic realms inside the atom; or about love and work and how to get ahead and be happy; or what happened in the past; or who is right and who is wrong? Have all the questions been asked? Then something happens here and there, and for some reason this person and that person take an inward turn, and suddenly something like truth dawns for them, and life becomes this multidimensional ride into eternity riding on the back of the fact of I. Wow! How did that happen? What to do now? A million questions suddenly become one. Not to worry. The universe has taken note of your passage into the unknown carrying with you the thing that you know.

 

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Darshan means being in the presence of. In the traditional sense, taking darshan means sitting at the feet of an enlightened master, a saint, a sage, or a seer. Darshan is a tradition that goes back thousands of years. The purpose of receiving darshan is to increase the desire to be one with God, to turn that desire into a longing, that longing into a fire, and that fire into divine ecstasy.

In our modern era, darshan can mean listening to recordings, watching video images of the movements of awakened or enlightened beings, and receiving the spirit essence of who they are and who you are by direct transmission. Regardless of era in time, ancient or contemporary, direct transmission is the only “technique” by which awakening occurs. Some awakened beings transfer their awakening through public gatherings in which an individual might sit in conversation with the master and receive direct input into his or her resistance to being awake. Such darshans occur around the world everyday in large gatherings, small gatherings, and in intimate one-on-one settings.

Many of the great teachers of our age point to Ramana Maharishi as the pinnacle of enlightenment. He transcends all teachings and yet is a living verification of the greatest wisdom offered to humankind. The darshan of this video is first in the images of Ramana. The simplicity of what is real can be seen in these images. Nothing to gain and nothing to lose. The narration by Robert Adams, one of his most ardent followers, is a darshan in itself, especially as one opens one’s inner knowing to what is being said. Eternity in only forty minutes.

The second video is a deep immersion into Ramana’s life and teachings. This journey into the eternal Self occurs as you listen and view the images. Just be there, here, and do nothing else.