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“The Duet” – A Beautiful Short Film

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Have a look at this playful hand-drawn short film by Glen Keane in dark blue. Keane was the main creative in some of the most famous animated Disney films. Animated and directed entirely by him, DUET tells the story of Mia and Tosh and how their individual paths in life are woven together to create a duo – cute :-). Here you can read more about the realisation of the film. And here is a video about how it was done with “ATAP” (Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group).

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“The White Lotus Day” – in Remembrance of a Fearless Warrior of Light, HPB

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

The 8th of May we celebrate “The White Lotus Day”, in loving remembrance of the departure of the great soul that we know as HPB or Madam Blavatsky.

She was a fearless fighter for the Truth; she started her book “Gems from the East” (London 1890) with the words:

“UTTISHAT! Arise! Awake!
Seek the great Teachers, and attend! The road
Is narrow as a knife-edge! Hard to tread!”
“But whoso once perceiveth HIM that IS –
Without a name, Unseen, Impalpable,
Bodiless, Undiminished, Unenlarged,
To senses undeclared, without an end,
Without beginning, Timeless, Higher than height,
Deeper than depth! Lo! Such an one is saved!
Death hath not power upon him!”

– THE SECRET OF DEATH (from The Katha Upanishad)

In the book “The Golden Stairs”, Dr. K. Parvathi Kumar describes HPB with the following words:

“Madam Helena Petrovna Blavatsky is as tender as a freshly unfolded white lotus. The tenderness of her being cannot be expressed in any language. In her case incompatibles have become compatibles. She is as fiery as she is tender. Her being is essentially and naturally tender and extremely motherly. But at work she is an embodiment of fiery Will. She was the chosen darling of the Hierarchy to inaugurate an era of enlightenment. She did her job ruthlessly, dedicating her life to the noble work of the Hierarchy. She has broken many distorted and crystallized concepts of TRUTH. She synthesized the universal wisdom; she presented afresh Cosmogenesis and Anthropogenesis, which are the world scriptures for posterity. She explained dexterously the story of man on earth. Through the key of Manvantara cycles and races she reintroduced the most ancient wisdom relating to globe chains, the seven rays and their universal application. She skilfully utilised the keys of astrology, etymology and cycles of time to unlock wisdom from the most ancient manuscripts of cave temples that exist in the Himalayas. She was as much in the subtle as she was on the physical and was therefore able to grasp the truth in its variety of dimensions. She was a fully inspired lady who inspired many through looks, through speeches and through mere presence. She was even seen as a reincarnation of Buddha in places like Sri Lanka.

She is regarded as the white lotus that unfolds afresh the beauty and fragrance of new age wisdom. She is respected as Upasika, the one who is in connection with the ruling light of the planet, which is said to be mysteriously posited in the subterranean regions of Gobi desert of Mongolia.

Inspired by her teachings ever since, thousands of groups sprang up in all the four corners of the globe, trying to find the way afresh with the help of knowledge that she unfolded for the forward march of the present humanity.”

HPB was the first one who not only brought the existence of the Masters of Wisdom, the Mahatmas, to a larger global notice but who also had frequent contact with them. It was part of the divine plan to bring back the eternal wisdom to a larger understanding and to uplift human consciousness – a most difficult task.

On the Theosophical Society Wiki you find a page about “People who encountered the Mahatmas“, a very impressive collection of reports of encounters in the subtle and the physical realms with the Masters, also about HBP. And the Blavatsky Archives also contain a “Casebook of the Encounters with the Theosophical Mahatmas”.

In spite of the many proofs and great evidence there were many sceptics who refused to accept what was before their eyes and even massive attacks from various sides. However, the Path which was opened by the work of Madam Blavatsky has led many serious seekers to strive along the “Golden Stairs” to the temple of divine wisdom.

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HPB and her mother, Helena Andreyevna Hahn, (born de Fadeyev), painting from the museum in Dnepropetrovsk
Who would have guessed that this delicate young girl would be a fearless messenger of the new age, a tiny rivulet unfolding to a huge stream?

A Butterfly – Eclosion of the Soul

Friday, November 15th, 2013

The butterfly is a profound symbol of transformation – it goes through very different stages of its existence. A caterpillar has seemingly nothing to do with the strange chrysalis, and who would think that out of this immobile cocoon a beautiful flying being would emerge?

In our lives, we also might experience going through very different stages which seemingly have nothing to do with each other. There are clairvoyants, like Barbara Ann Brennan, who have observed with some people that for a longer period they are going through a time of pregnancy followed by a profound transformation, a second birth. During this time in the “psychic uterus” we might feel locked up, not knowing which direction our life wants to take. We are in a state of transition, which is frequently accompanied by deep inner crises and a reorientation of what we want to express in life. If you hold on, you might experience coming out of the chrysalis and step into a new life, where your soul’s intention can freely express – like a butterfly, symbol of the soul, coming out of the chrysalis and starting to fly.

Dinu, a friend from Mysore, whom I had visited in January, had his camera ready when a butterfly, a Plain Tiger, came out of the chrysalis. He documented it in his blog, “Dinu’s Yarden” (Yarden = Garden + Yard) and just sent me the link to the beautiful 2 min. video – must see!

There are millions of butterflies rising from out of their chrysalis but it needs a human eye to observe and a human heart to gain the inspiration and realise that it’s a story about his own soul.

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The Plain Tiger just before eclosion. Pic: Dinakar KR (c)

“Maitreya” – A Free Software for Vedic and Western Astrology

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Lately I came across the open source platform for Vedic and Western astrology,  Maitreya. It has been realised by IT architect Martin Pettau. He learned Yoga and astrology under the guidance of the late Yogi Paramapadma Dhirananda (from the Kriya-Yoga line of Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteswar, Paramahansa Yogananda and Paramahansa Hariharananda).

The software is free for personal and professional use. It has been translated into a number of languages. All major desktop platforms are supported: Windows, Max OS X, Linux and UNIX.

Besides the technical details, you find on the website information about general and Vedic astrology and other topics. So if you are interested in working with the subtle aspects of time, this might be a helpful tool.

About the purpose of the software Martin writes:

  • First goal is to serve as tool. The software has a lot of standard features for the daily work of western and Vedic astrologers. So it can save their time and energy; they can concentrate on the work of interpretation.
  • Second goal is to enable astrologers for research. The program supports a lot of calculation options, so it can be used as a basis for research on the various questions of astrological calculation and interpretation.
  • Third goal is to attract people and motivate them to learn astrology. Learning astrology is a complicated task because formal knowledge of planets, signs, Dasas etc. is not sufficient, but intuition and non-attachment to worldly affairs must be developed, too. So a “cool” astrology software may help in increasing the desire for that kind of knowledge.

He further emphasizes: “Astrology cannot be learned from books. Astrological software can only be a tool for the astrologer’s work. So the name of the software emphasizes the importance of divine inspiration on top of formal knowledge or astrological techniques.” This is a very important hint.

As per the name of the software he explains: “In classical Indian scriptures Maitreya is the ardent disciple of Maharishi Parasara, the author of Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra, the most prominent scripture of Vedic astrology. In this scripture the sage instructs his disciple on the various topics of Vedic astrology.”  If you want to read more about Maitreya, you might read the book “Lord Maitreya” by Sri K. Parvathi Kumar.

The software is free. In the FAQ-section it says:  “How can I make a donation?” – “Thank you for that noble offer. Please donate for religious purposes or for the poor and needy people on this planet.”

And this is a noble answer. There is a spiritual law which seems to be easy but is mostly forgotten today: As per the energetic balance there is no such thing as “free taking”. For everything you get or take without some kind of giving you receive and amass a subtle load. This is mostly not taken note of, even of those who “know” about it. This is true also for everything you get “free” from the web – and might be stocked on your computer, blocking some space on it, besides the energetic aspect.

So it is necessary to keep a good balance by more giving than taking. You don’t have to give towards the source from where you get something but you also can give in a direction where energy (money, time, loving attention) is needed. Otherwise you won’t really get any benefit of a program you download – you probably might not even use it.

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Maitreya Series: Banners of the Coming One, by Nicholas Roerich, 1925-1926. Nizhnii Novgorod State Art Museum, Russia

A Forum on Spiritual Astrology in Hamburg

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Last weekend I was in Hamburg for the first forum on spiritual astrology organised by members of the WTT-group of Hamburg. We were 21 participants from different parts of Germany, Sweden and me from Switzerland. The meeting was in in a beautiful old hall of Osho-people quiet in the centre of Hamburg. I’m working since over 2 decades with the inner side of astrology, observing time rhythms and movements, and especially working with visualisation. Most of my paintings are inspired by it, and I had done a video (Dance of the Zodiac) for the occasion of this meeting.

There was an intense program:

Birke presented thoughts about the esoteric rulers of the zodiac.

Benjamin, who has developed an astro-program with a special focus on esoteric astrology and is well versed in the symbolism of Greek mythology, introduced his thoughts about Vulcan. He proposed that the hypothetical planet said to be close to the Sun and within the orb of Mercury is not a planet but the mass centre or barycentre of the solar system (scroll down on the Wikipedia page to view the animation. The barycentre is the point between two objects where they balance each other.) And he offered a way of calculating the position of Vulcan in relation to soul-based astrology.

Heinrich and Wolfgang discussed the relations between the 7 rays, the subtle bodies and astrology. They presented an idea how to make an approach to determine the ray qualities of the bodies and the personality with the help of astrology. Wolfgang furthermore gave a committed plea about the house systems using equal houses (because the other systems like Placidus and Koch are not universally valid and the calculation of the MC is based not on the coordinate system of the zodiac but on the coordinate system of the equator of the earth.)

All inputs concluded with a short period of silence and sounding of OM, and we also had group meditations. It strengthened the meditative field of group consciousness which all participants strongly feld.

As a counterbalance to the more conceptual talks I gave an  input about astrology and visualisation. I started with a recitation cum flute music of a chapter from Master EKs Spiritual Astrology. His texts are full of visual intensity and this way I wanted to convey the experience of inner images. I then did an exercise with the group, of opening the inner space while standing and and greeting the 4 directions and the central axis. Then we continued this “inner body work” with an exercise of visualising the planets and the present constellations in the body. I also introduced a visualisation of the cosmic Lords and the Prajapatis. Though it just takes a few minutes to go through the visualisation, it is a complex rhythmic movement through the subtle bodies which enlivens the inner presence. I do it quickly every morning and it helps me connecting the micro-cosmos which I am with the subjective side of the macro-cosmos.

All along the seminar there were lively discussions and exchanges, continuing during the meals and in the evening. The group felt the strong intent to continue this kind of participatory exchange on an annual basis. And for those who like a more regular exchange also with the help of a blog.

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Preparing the room

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Picture of Rishi Agastya, or Master Jupiter, the central inspirer of Spiritual Astrology

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Heinrich from Sweden giving his input

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Wolfgang (centre), a long-time astrologer from Hamburg and central coordinator of the meeting, together with Benjamin and Heinrich

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Pause discussions

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An evening walk along the Elbe

“I like being old. It has set me free…”

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

A friend forwarded me an e-mail with the following text. It somehow touched me, and it is full of wisdom of life.

“As I’ve aged, I’ve become kinder to, and less critical of, myself. I’ve become my own friend.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it, if I choose to read, or play on the computer, until 4 AM, or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 50s, 60s & 70s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will.

I will walk the beach, in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves, with abandon, if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And, eventually, I remember the important things.

Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break, when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody’s beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength, and understanding, and compassion. A heart never broken, is pristine, and sterile, and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning grey, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don’t question myself anymore. I’ve even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).

May our friendship never come apart, especially when it’s straight from the heart!”

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A cloud over a meadow near my native town.

Full Moon Silhouettes

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

An incredible real time video of a full moon rise shot by Marc Gee of the moon rising over the Mount Victoria Lookout in Wellington, New Zealand. He writes:

“People had gathered up there this night to get the best view possible of the moon rising. I captured the video from 2.1km away on the other side of the city. It’s something that I’ve been wanting to photograph for a long time now, and a lot of planning and failed attempts had taken place. Finally, during moon rise on the 28th January 2013, everything fell into place and I got my footage. The video is as it came off the memory card and there has been no manipulation whatsoever. Technically it was quite a challenge to get the final result…”

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Picture of the video (c)

The Astro-Diary – Working with the Subtle Rhythms of Time

Monday, March 4th, 2013

I today received the PDF of the Astrological Diary of WTT-Global (English version) for the solar year Aries 2013 – Pisces 2014, which just has been completed. If you are working with the subtle rhythms of nature which reflect in the movements of the planets it is a good aid for your spiritual discipline. Working with the key of time  is a major instrument for exploring inner dimension and there is a booklet on “Time”. In the course of the years Sri Kumar has given a lot of information about this kind of inner work – which has virtually nothing to do with what you might have heard about astrology. It is a method of alignment to the planetary energies in a meditative work of focussing and visualisation. I’m regularly working with it for over 12 years; it creates an awareness of subtle inner pulsating movements and the ever changing qualities of time. There exists also a German version of the calendar.

May you profit from the calendar for your spiritual discipline.

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Winter Time

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

This year it seems that the winter doesn’t want to end. Luckily I had a break for a month in India in January… Every Sunday we go out for a walk. Last weekend it was snowing and grey, two weeks before the Sun was radiant and reflecting in the snow. Both series of photos are from an area about 15 km away, which I like very much – when the weather is fine you have a great panoramic view of the Alps, and the soul can expand and take a deep breath. And even when the air was grey the snow created many subtle colour shades. Now the snow is slowly receding in the valleys, but in the mountains it will continue for some more time. Enjoy

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Winter is hard for the animals outside

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A herd of horses at their stable; the roof is full of icicles

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Icicles at a barn roof

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A Bernese farmhouse with the typical deep-drawn roofs

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Biglen, village in the sun

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A “Christmas Tree”

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A majestic icicle

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Fanstastic view of the Bernese Alps with Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau

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Icicles and snow

Excursions in Bhadrachalam – and back to Rajahmundry

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Wednesday early morning after group meditation in the hotel we went again to the temple. I enjoyed very much the ambiance of the dawn and the chants vibrating over the temple complex. Inside the temple there were the statues of Rama Sita and Lakshmana which the devotee lady had discovered in a termite hill due to her search after a vision. The place was charged with the energy of mantric work over a long time – and we felt much uplifted.

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Dawn inside the temple

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Walking  with Sri Kumar over the dam to the Godavari river

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The “engineers” inspecting an old boat motor on the beach

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Flowers seen from the tree top of the hotel balcony

After breakfast a 1 hour bus ride brought us to a place related to the Ramayana, the life of Rama, the avatar of the Treta yuga. We were shown a place where legend told that during their exile Rama, Sita and Lakshmana were living for a while and where Sita was living each month during her period. Then we went to another place where according to the legends Sita was kidnapped by the demon Ravana. There was a little temple and some statues around.

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The place where Sita stayed at a little river
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Statues of the dwelling place of Sita and Lakshmana

After lunch we boarded again the bus for a nearly 7 hs ride back to Rajahmundry. We stopped for a while on the road, because some lorry drivers said that the road over the jungle pass was blocked due to stone falls. Some motorbike-drivers also were questioned about the situation. We wanted to hurry up to get through the jungle before nightfall. Sri Kumar’s car arrived and he told us to go ahead. So we entered the bus and came over the pass, slow, but without difficulties. The broken lorry we saw a day ago was still blocking one of the bends…

We were very happy when we arrived around 7 pm at the WTT centre and were received with a delicious dinner – and then fell into our beds…