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11 August: Birthday of Master EK, 12 August: Birthday of H.P. Blavatsky

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Master EK was born during the evening hours of 11 August 1926 in Bapatla, Andhra Pradesh, India, and Madame Blavatsky (HPB) was born during the morning hours of 12 August 1831. There is just a difference of 12 hours between their birthdays. So we celebrate both birthdays together and recollect them on this occasion.

Below you find some extracts from Master Kumar’s discourse on 11 August 2016 at Radhamadhavam, Visakhapatnam, India about qualities of Master EK, followed by a photo of Master EK and a painting of HPB. (See here the fascinating biography of Master EK.)

“Master EK was born on 11th August, 1926, Wednesday, 5:30 PM in a town called Bapatla. Master EK himself has given us the tradition to celebrate birthdays as per the solar calendar and that is why we follow the dates. Master CVV, Master EK and Master MN were all born in the same month (Sravana – Leo) as per the solar calendar. Madam HPB was also born in this month during the early hours of 12th August. As per Indian Time, there is a difference of 12 hours between the births of Master EK and Madam HPB. Madam HPB was born 96 years before Master EK and we have the tradition of celebrations both their birthdays together. So we try to recollect both of them on this occasion.

Both of them were great souls and they come from the same Hierarchy and both of them were entrusted with the work of handing over grand wisdom to the humanity in two consecutive centuries. They are self-luminous ones. The light inside them permeates into the surroundings.

As his followers, we too should try to follow what he demonstrated to us. Then we too can become self-luminous like him. Without following the path, if we just talk about a Master, nothing will happen. Master EK said in his 50th birthday message “I have not come to be worshipped by the crazy followers as their God.” The problem with us is we talk a lot but do little.

Master EK said “Those who follow the path I follow are with me. The others who just remain around me will just remain there.” He only cared for the work one does and not whether one is with him or not.

We used to feel very enlightened by his discourses but Master EK never had glamour on his discourses as well. He never asked anyone how the discourses are. I once asked him “Master! Why do you not ask us about how we feel about your discourses?” He replied “If you like, you will take the import. If you do not like, I do not bother about that.”

He never taught for fame. He never cared how were present for a discourse. The same was his view towards the books that he wrote. He never tried to promote them. He was only concerned of the work to happen through him. He never bothered of what people thought of his teachings or books.

Master EK used to give great importance to time. He used to say that any work is to be done when it is to be done. When someone is hungry, you feed him at that time, not at your convenience. The purpose of an act is lost when it is not done at the right time. When someone needs help urgently, help if you can. Don’t delay it until it is convenient for you.

He used to give away all the money that he had when someone was need. He never thought of repayment and never asked for the money again. That was the kind of renunciation he had towards worldly things. He was never interested in accumulating things.

He used to never live in the past or future. He only cared of the present and the work in hand. For him, life is to live in the present and remain in service of the needy. That way of life was highly joyful to him.

The only single instance where Master CVV himself appeared and initiated someone into his path was in the case of Master EK. Everyone else went to Master CVV to get initiated but the case of Master EK was unique. That is the speciality of Master EK. Master EK is the chosen disciple of Master CVV. It was possible because Master EK was so prepared to walk the path.

Master EK was even contacted by Master Koot Hoomi and then the reading of Secret Doctrine happened. He informs Master EK that he was chosen for a grand work and he with Master CVV. Master EK used to do prayers with Master MN for some days. There only he received the Occult Meditations that we follow now. Then he was contacted by Master Maruvu (Master Morya) and also some more Masters later. So all the Grand Masters came to Master EK. Master EK did not ask for it. He was just doing his work sincerely and everyone came to him.

Master EK used to take great care of people around him. He never discriminated among people. It was possible because he could see the Lord in all. He was ever in relation with the Lord.

He still remains accessible when one is in need. So his worship was not limited to prayer or ritual, it is an ever happening thing.

Master EK used to work as per the Divine Plan and he responded as per the situation. Serving others was his priority. He demonstrated various ways of service. It was all possible because of his Divine alignment at all times.

Leo – Hercules Conquering the Inner Lion

Friday, July 21st, 2017

The story of Hercules is the symbolic journey of inner transformation and initiation. Hercules represents the aspirant becoming a disciple and realising himself as a soul. Later on, he further ascends to realise the Universal Soul. The Labours of Hercules are a journey through the zodiac and the fifth labour corresponds to Leo.

Hercules is asked to kill the Nemean lion. The lion represents our lower nature, the personality. Killing the lion means overcoming our ego and realising our identity as a soul. The cave of the lion is the heart. We go inside and listen to the sound of respiration which is compared to the roar of the lion. By observing the pulsation we slowly get to the subtle pulsation; this is called “entering the cave within the cave”. In a deep meditative state, when the respiration ceases, we meet the Higher Self. Only the original thought “I AM” exists; no other thought remains. When there is no more identification with the personality, the “lion is killed”. However, the Teacher tells Hercules that the lion needs to be overcome again and again; otherwise it will return.

For Hercules fighting in the cave with the lion, I worked on a photo (Wikimedia: Sailko) of a Renaissance brooch. In the background there is the transformed initiate who has realised himself as a part of the Universal Soul. For this, I used a photo (Wikimedia: Wouter Engler) of a bronze statue of Hercules of the 2nd century CE excavated in Pompeii (Vatican Museums). The golden colour of the statue symbolises the etheric body of the initiate, where the divine light reflects from above.

See more pictures on the site with my paintings. If you want to print the image, you can download the file in medium and high resolution format.
The different zodiacal signs are clustered in groups – you can see here all my Leo paintings.


20 April 2017, pencils and photo work

Group Life in Billerbeck, Germany

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

After the group life in Belgium I drove with three friends – from the US and Germany – to Billerbeck. On the highway, we partly had heavy rains and intense traffic. Many friends were already at the seminar hotel “Weissenburg“. People partly travel long distances for the seminars – some were even coming from overseas.

The travel group with Sri Kumar arrived in the evening. The group life started Thursday morning. The theme was “The Incoming Seventh Ray and Building the Temple”. There were fascinating talks the next days, and I was much focused on taking notes and sharing them with the group. Often, the topics are not new but there are always many news facets, and it seems to me like a drilling into deeper planes of consciousness, awakening the awareness to the subtle planes.

The walks in nature with friends and exchanges during the meals or between the seminars were enriching. Friday evening, a short video on “Homage to the Mother of the World” was shown; it was realised by a team of group members from Argentina and India, where I had participated. And later, there was the first meeting of the Executive Board with Sri Kumar and newly elected members. I am always thrilled with what clarity he also deals with organisational matters.

Sunday morning there was a fire ritual after meditation and the blessing of children. And then again saying good-bye to all the friends and a long journey home.

A Group Life near Brussels

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

It was quite hot when I set out to Belgium by car early morning on 25 June. While the summer countryside flew by, I was enchanted by the audio-book of the “Autobiography of a Yogi” by Yogananda. In Haguenau, France, I picked up Martine who joined me for the trip to the next group life with Sri Kumar. She proposed to take the way via Germany to avoid the French highway toll stations. Scenes of earlier trips to Belgium popped into my mind. When we arrived in Corroy-le-Grand, where several group members of the Belgian “White Lotus Group” live together since about 30 years, we received a warm welcome. Some group members were preparing flowers for the group life – Benoît had bought plenty of roses and other flowers Saturday evening at a flower market in Brussels for a cheap price…

In the evening and the next morning, we meditated together in the beautiful small chapel in Benoît’s house. A little later, we packed flowers and luggage into the cars and went to the seminar place, the “Golf de l’Empereur” – a beautiful site surrounded by meadows and forests in the south of Brussels.

About two hours later, the seminar room was set up and we drove to the airport to pick up Sri Kumar and the other group members coming from the seminar in Alicante, Spain. Some group members had visited the airport and the other sightseeing places in Brussels. So we now had a joyful pick-nick on the top of the airport parking before we went down to the arrival gates. The plane was delayed, and thus, we had some more time for coffee, tea and exchanges.

At a quarter to four finally, the travel group arrived. A warm welcome, some short talks, and then we took the elevators to the top of the parking. From there, we drove to the centre of Brussels. More group members joined us at the café. Later, we went to the Grand Place, where the gold decoration on the roofs of the old houses shone in the sun. We went to the inner courtyard of the City Hall and formed a big circle. Sri Kumar spoke some words about the importance of the place as the economic centre of Europe and then asked us to stand hand in hand. He then started speaking the Great Invocation and we joined in. It was a very powerful moment, especially when we intonated the OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti. Then our short “flash mob” dissolved again into the stream of visitors.

The peak of the rush hour was over but still there was heavy traffic when we drove through the quarters of the European Union administration and along the Royal Court. In the evening, there was a welcome meeting at the seminar house followed by evening dinner.

Next morning Sri Kumar gave a short talk followed by a question-answer session. Topics were raised concerning pregnancy preparation, a healthy health system in Europe, love and brotherhood, old age and leaving the body or dealing with depression. In the afternoon the group did a walk with Sri Kumar.

After evening prayer, there was the blessing of children: “We bless the born children with an intent, the intent that they should find the purpose for which they have been born. The blessing of the children by the group is to make the child recollect the purpose for which they have been born. Many of us would not have recollected the purpose of life. It should not happen with the children. Not knowing the purpose of life we mover for long years into different ways but if we know for what we are born we can straight away realise and work for it. In ancient times the purpose was taught from the teacher and the information taught by relating to a fire people were lighting. In all system there was the fire worship and also the sun worship. The worship is to recollect the purpose for which you are born. When children arrive into the world we wish them to recollect the very purpose for which they are born. They are also introduced to sun worship and fire worship so that one fine day they would recollect the very purpose. So they remembered it very early. The initiates recollected the purpose very early. Once it is recollected the journey is again a straight work. Otherwise they go into many sideways and child is lost. Therefore whenever groups meet a blessing of children is arranged. You may put one or two grains on the child and on the parents an also some good wishes.”

Wednesday after morning meditation and breakfast the group life ended. The weather had changed during the night and it was raining. With three friends, I set out for the seminar in Billerbeck, while a travel group with Sri Kumar visited Liege and Aachen before going to the next seminar place.

 

A Summer Solstice Celebration

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Summer solstice is one of the cardinal points of the year, where a change of the energies takes place. It is not just the moment where the Sun starts its Southern journey but an entry point for inner alignment to the soul – at summer solstice the Sun is located in our heart.

Last Wednesday we celebrated summer solstice at the Paracelsus centre of the WTT at the birth place of this great initiate near Einsiedeln, Switzerland. We started with a fire ritual on the crest near the pass road of Mount Etzel. It was a brilliant day and there was a grand panorama to all sides. When the fire rose we all experienced the enchanted atmosphere.

Afterwards we met at the Paracelsus centre for celebrating with a little light ritual, meditation, reading, exchanging and joint cooking. We all enjoyed the summer solstice celebration and we are looking forward for the next celebration around autumn equinox.

Group Life near Barcelona on ‘An Approach to Aquarian Energies’

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Already a week has passed since my visit to Barcelona, where I attended a seminar of the WTT about “An Approach to Aquarian Energies”. The 4 days group life took place at a hotel on the countryside outside Barcelona, “La Mola”. While going there, the GPS of the car of my friend wanted to send us into a loophole, like it did already last year, but we escaped well and found the right way via small bumpy road…

At the parking, in the glare of the sun, we saw some friends who also had just arrived. And soon more and more members dropped in – a big family gathering with about 180 members from Argentina, Brazil, USA, Venezuela and different European countries, of course most of them from Spain.

The lecture hall had been beautifully set up, and around 5.30 the group living started. And when Sri Kumar entered, you could feel a thrill of joyful attention in the air. The first discourse started after the evening prayer, giving an introduction into the topic. Here is a short extract on the use of concepts from the second talk:

“Concepts are needed and also not needed. To go up to the roof a ladder or a stair is needed. Afterwards it is no more needed. Likewise we are in different states of awareness. Each one is in a different state of understanding. Concepts necessary for some may not be necessary for others. To a child to walk a walker is a mechanical support. After it runs it does not need a walker, it has learned to walk. An old person needs again a support. In some dimensions when we are not self-dependent we need a support. We need a teacher for help at a certain stage. A teacher has found the Master within and in tune with the Master within he functions outside. As a support of the Master inside there is the help of a hierarchy of Masters outside. You need the help of the parents to learn to walk but once you can walk you don’t need their support. In some states of learning support is needed, for other stages it is not. For a bird which is on the ground, eating the grains the legs are needed not the wings. The chick looks for grains and needs the legs but when the bird flies the legs are not needed. The legs fold back into the body and the wings are active. When it is flying there is no need of legs. Concepts should be seen as such, there is no need for concepts as such. There are people who carry with them concepts even if they are not needed. They add to the load. If you cross the river, if after crossing the river you carry the boat on your head it is a load. Boat is the concept. Once the river is crossed we respect the boat, keep it well anchored at the shore and move on. If you keep it, it is a load. When you need and when not has to be very clear. Normally we carry concepts which are not needed at the moment and we don’t carry the concepts we need.”

Besides the interesting discourses, there were for me three organisational meetings with Sri Kumar and different members. Of course, a group life is also a good occasion of networking and exchanging with friends; I had several intense exchanges.

In front of the lecture hall, there were tables with the books of Ediciones Dhanishtha with the new publications, with pictures and other items, and I also had displayed cards of my paintings.

Sunday morning after meditation, there was a fire ritual in the court behind the seminar hall. The invocation of Devas in the presence of the fire is always a very uplifting experience. And towards the close of the seminar, there was the blessing of small children and their parents.

Then, Sunday afternoon, saying good-bye, some last photos and then into the hot car. I stayed one more night with Robert before flying home to Switzerland Monday morning.

Cancer – Artemis, Layers of Reflection

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

The visible Moon is just the physical body containing the Moon principle. Moon is the Lord of Cancer and it is related to our mind. Like the Moon reflects the light of the Sun, our mind reflects the solar light of the internal Sun principle, the soul. Moon also reflects the light of the higher Moon called Soma in the Eastern scriptures. Soma, the divine musician, presides over the cosmic mind; his rays are received by the Moon via Neptune. Moon stands for the female principle, the mother. It stimulates the fertilisation and the birth and growth of the fauna and flora on earth. Cats attract the magnetism of the Moon; therefore the Egyptians considered them as sacred. Artemis, the Greek goddess of the hunt and of the Moon, can be understood as a symbol of the mind and quick thoughts.

To depict these spiritual dimensions, I worked on the image of a bust of Diana/Artemis with a contemplative countenance. The face is surrounded on one side by a cat and on the other by orchids dotted with starry reflections. On the top you see moon light from beyond reflecting on the bluish globe of Neptune and coming down to the sphere of the Moon. The Moon again fuses with the head of Artemis.

See more pictures on the site with my paintings. If you want to print the image, you can download the file in medium and high resolution format.
The different zodiacal signs are clustered in groups – you can see here all my Cancer paintings.


18 March 2017, pencils and photo work

On the Way to a Seminar in Spain

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Wednesday morning when I left the house for catching the train to Zurich it was dripping outside and rather fresh – quite a contrast to the weather at arrival in Barcelona. At Zurich Airport I wanted to meet Sri Kumar and the travel team at a Starbuck café but although I arrived at the same time than they and I looked around several time, I didn’t see them and waited for a long time at the check-in: I hadn’t noticed that there was one more table in a corner…

Thus, we only met at leaving the airport at Barcelona. It was a warm welcome. And when we left the passenger area a group of Spanish group members with smiling faces was already waiting there. It was a very joyful moment – greeting friends exchanging some words, hearing some news…. Like in other years, Aurora had again prepared an Indian lunch for the Master and the team.

It is first stage of his 62nd tour to the West. For the next days, there will be a seminar about “An Approach to Aquarian Energies” in a hotel at the outskirts of Barcelona. While the team was going already to the hotel, Robert and two friends from Germany picked me up. Robert made a little detour to show us some nice parts of Barcelona before going to his home. And it was a nice stay there.


Approaching Barcelona


Warm meeting at Barcelona airport


Welcome by Spanish group members at the airport

 

May Call Day Celebration in the Vosges

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Yesterday the May Call Day celebration in the Vosges, France ended with a visit to Strasbourg. We met outside the European Parliament with prayers for peace and European union. It was the culmination of a beautiful festival which had started last Saturday. Friday already, the preparation group met at the home of Martine in Baerenthal in the Vosges for the final planning. The weather was gorgeous and it continued to be so the next days.

Saturday morning we came to the holiday resort in Bitche to set up the hall for the celebration. And in the afternoon the other participants arrived. In a joyous mood we assembled in the garden. Later, with the evening meditation, the festival started. And at nightfall, a water ritual spread its sublime vibrations.

Sunday after morning meditation some motion exercises in the morning sunlight made us “Fit for the Day”. We read extracts from discourses of Sri Kumar; group members spoke on “Astrology, the Big Picture” and “Are Medicinal Herbs only Positive?” giving insights into cosmic nature and secrets of the plant kingdom. Sunday and Monday afternoon Qi-Gong exercises attuned us to the flow of etheric energies. And Sunday evening I spoke on “Lord Dattatreya and His Incarnations”, accompanied by a slideshow.

Monday morning we assembled outside under a tree for meditation and a little fire ritual. It was a splendorous moment when the fire rose with the chanting of mantric invocations. Later, we celebrated the 30th May Call in the West with a cake and light ceremony. In the afternoon we exchanged about experiences which had shaped our path. In the evening, we saw the “Homage to the Mother of the World“, a video project by members of the World Teacher Trust, and sang some songs. At nightfall, the whole group made a walk around the beautiful forest lake Étang de Hasselfurth.

Like at earlier May Call celebrations in the Vosges, we ended our group living with a visit at the European Parliament. This year, however, we were not allowed to enter the inner court – new security procedures after the recent assassinations now require previous registration. For us, it was better – this way, we could sing and speak the prayers in a loud voice next to the building, visualising that we were standing in the centre of the Parliament building.

At the end we realised that a sparrow was sitting on a branch directly over our heads, turning his had in all directions and gazing at us. I was fascinated looking directly into his eyes for a moment – a divine messenger. After some time, he flew away.

Afterwards we went to the old town of Strasbourg and walked along the Ill River to a restaurant next to the Strasbourg Cathedral.

Video: Homage to the Mother of the World

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

For the celebration of the May Call Day, a team from Argentina, Switzerland and India has realised a video as a “Homage to the Mother of the World“. A part of the recordings was filmed in a home in Argentina, which is supported by the WTT group Sudama, Buenos Aires. The children are either orphans or have been taken away from their parents because of drugs or violence.

The music was composed and played by the WTT group of Mysore. I moderated the project and gave some support. We drew the inspiration from the book on “Sri Suktam – The Nature and Characteristics of the World Mother” by Dr. K. Parvathi Kumar. It was a very inspiring group activity.