Personal Message from Yantra:
It seems an eternity since the last newsletter was sent out to you all. Some of you may be wondering why we have had NO formal Satsang last Tuesday evening and NO Satsang again this week. During the months of May and June there have been so many events, occasions and opportunities, both glorious and moving, calling us to be used in service, to open and deepen, to be present with what is in the moment – this is certainly true for all of us.The roller coaster of life’s seemingly endless waves have been crashing upon all of our shores. This offers the opportunity to be present and real with all of life’s magnificence, all of life’s beauty and all of life’s pain – all of it – life, death, birth – and remain still in it all, experiencing the deeper truth – that who we are, is unaffected.
This does not mean that we close our hearts, that we show no compassion or that we refuse to be joyous, or laugh, or cry, or be moved by the beauty, pain or suffering of the world. To be as you are, here, open, present, free, allows all to be here, all to be embraced, all to be allowed, no matter what! No matter if we are moved to tears, in joy, or in sorrow, no matter if we are exposed to sensory pleasure, or to pain. NO MATTER WHAT is going on in the world of form – we always have the opportunity to be as we are, still, silent, free – in gratitude for it all.
As you are aware one of my dearest friends left her physical form during this time, such an honour to be with her in her last days, to anoint her body and offer prayers and blessings of this one life, whether the body is here or not – her huge love was felt as a physical out pouring from her heart after the body has ceased its physical life – as a reminder that we are not our bodies, we are this endless presence of love, endlessly expressing itself.
We have also had the most wonderful celebration of the birth of form celebrating 50 years of this life called Yantra – such gratitude to all who came to celebrate in this divine offering of music, chanting, blessings and sharing together over the Long weekend. Such gratitude to all who are used in service to this love showing up just as it is.
In saying yes to life, yes to grace, yes to being used in service, sometimes there is the call to be still, sometimes to be in action. There is a way that the body and the mind get used in service – this has nothing to do with what we think we can endure, handle, cope with or master – it is an unexpected push or nudge from grace that does the doing through us. It may leave the body refreshed or weakened ( as in the case of Ramana Maharshi with his emancipated body ) – yet the shining radiance is what continues.
After this body being used so intensely over these last few weeks there has been a huge call to rest, to be physically still and silent, to be in retreat – grace showing up in the form of a hospital stay. As I continue to sit in the hospital room, in silent gratitude, reflecting and typing this message to you, the physical body is recovering, and so full of love and gratitude for all that is here, all that we are, all that is offered. For all of you who endlessly dive deeper into this silence of your own self, I bow in gratitude to this one life showing up in all it’s forms as each one of us.
This Tuesday evening where ever you are, take the time to stop, to rest, be as you are, I will be with you as we open and deepen together as this one self, not separated by time or space - AND – I look forward to physically sitting in Satsang again with you soon.
Love Always – Namaste Yantra