Blessings of Abundance

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A playful spirit

Finding true happiness

Ladybug dreams

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2015

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“Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.”

~Langston Hughes

“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.” ~Anaïs Nin

“Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.”

~Henry David Thoreau

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”

~Louisa May Alcott

“Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.”

~Lao Tzu

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Evening Hymns

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Hymns echo down the valley

As the light shines through

Shadows of tree skeletons

A winter baptism of fresh air

The walk home from work

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2015

The Universal Embrace

These four parts of Deva Premal’s album Embrace were part my meditation this morning.

The 1st: Shree Ram Jai Ram

Shree Ram Jai Ram
Jai Jai Ram Om

Glory to Ram
the all pervading being,
and the Goddess Lakshmi,
the mother of abundance.

“An alternative translation of this famous mantra is simply, ‘Thy will be done.’ which is another way of acknowledging the Universal Embrace. It seems to me that the biggest learning in life is the realisation of the absolute perfection of Existence. Everything is as it should be…how could we ever doubt it? I sing this to honour a life of blissful surrender and trust; to that which is…” ~ Deva Premal~

The 2nd: Shante Prashante

Shante Prashante
Sarva Bhaya
Upasha Mani Swaha

Invoking supreme peace I surrender
the quality of fear to its source in
the higher and formless universal
mind. Salutations.

“Since fear seems to be my main obstacle to absolute freedom, this is an important mantra for me. What I love about Shante Prashante is that it values fear as a quality, something which can be a great transforming force. We are actually blessed by those ‘undesirable’ qualities in us, because they point the way to liberation.” ~Deva Premal~

The 3rd: Rang De

Rang de, Rang de, Range de
Jai ma rang de, rang de
Satya-prakashake hei
bhranti-vinashake hei
satchidanande to hei
aisa hamko rang de

Rang de, rang de, range de
jai ma rang me, rang de
niremale mane kare de
prem-atule kare de
prem ka sagare tu hei
aisa hamko rang de

Rang de, rang de, range de
osho rang me, rang de

You are the one who enlightens the truth.
You are the one who destroys the illusions.
You are truth, consciousness and bliss,
colour me, colour me, great mother,
colour me likewise.

Colour me, colour me, great mother,
colour me likewise

Please purify our consciousness.
Please fill us with love.
You are the ocean of love, please
colour me likewise.

“Miten always loved the piece, and when he played it for me during the recording of Embrace., I was uplifted by the exuberance and charm of the song….I hope it lifts your spirits, as it does mine.” ~Deva Premal~

The 4th: Teyata

Teyata om bekanze bekanze
maha bekanze radza samudgate soha

It is like this.
Medicine Buddha, you are the King,
the Supreme Healer. Please remove illness,
illness and the great illness.
Now I offer this prayer.

“Teyata carries the healing quality of great prayer. Illness can be understood on all three levels: physical, psychological, and mental. The great illness manifests as the illusion of duality, the root cause of our suffering. The Medicine Buddha is invoked with this mantra, and blesses us immediately with Divine Presence. I also love that this mantra concludes with ‘soha’ which means, ‘Now I offer this prayer. I have asked, and I am ready to surrender to whatever needs to happen.” ~Deva Premal~

Being Blissfully Awake

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The Peal of Laughter

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The mountains were laughing. The kind of laughter that rolled off the shoulders of Earth, herself. Her face faint with a slight rosy blush as she slipped on her dusty lavender nightgown touching down with a dark hem of embroidered tree lace…yes the mountains were laughing from sheer bliss.

Chidananda (sung by Deva Premal from her album Love is Space)

Lyrics (translated): I am eternal bliss, I am shiva.

I am not the mind, intellect, ego nor consciousness.

I am not the ears, tongue, nose or eyes.

I am not space, earth, fire or wind.

I am eternal bliss, I am shiva.

I am not breathing power, the seven metals,

nor the five coverings.

I am not speech, hands, feet nor rectum

I am eternal bliss, I am shiva.

I am not envy, anger, nor craving nor attraction.

I am not arrogance nor pride nor religion, wealth, 

lust nor liberation.

I am eternal bliss, I am shiva.

I am not virtue, sin, joy nor sorrow

I am not mantra, pilgrimage,

offering, nor ritual fire.

I am not food, the eating, nor the one who eats.

I am eternal bliss, I am shiva.

I am beyond concepts, beyond form.

I am all-pervading in all the senses.

I see equality in all things, I am neither liberated 

nor in bondage.

I am eternal bliss, I am shiva.

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