Friday, June 08, 2007
The Divine Name
and pour down the nectar of Your name upon me,
until my heart bursts forth,
until my tongue reverberates with joy:
Let my heart like a blown bud
rest upon the flowers of Your holy feet...
With eyes brimming with love, sing His name.
All mysteries will be disclosed.
Every bird and plant
will reveal itself to you as Brahman.
The knowledge of Vedanta will manifest everywhere.
O dear one, keep chanting God's name
while sitting, or standing,
or involved in the world.
Never forget Him.
Unite your mind with the Self.
Whoever wishes to know the secret of attaching one's soul above and cleaving one's thought to Almighty God, so that God will always be with him, in this world and the next, do as follows:
Let him place before his eyes and his thought the letters of the Ineffable Name...let the thought of your heart be on the Infinite, the Ein Sof... And so long as the soul of man cleaves to the Name, may he be blessed, no evil shall befall you, an you shall come to no error in any matter...
Rabbi Isaac of Acre
14th Century Kabbalist
Anam Cara, Bedford, NY
July 13-15 CIL Summer Learning Retreat, Danbury, CT Practicing Peace: Perspectives From Neuroscience, Psychotherapy and Spirituality. Put on by the Center For Intentional Living. This exceptional weekend features many accomplished teachers. Lawrence Edwards, Ph.D. will lead an experiential session Saturday evening on the use of sound and mantra for entering the meditative state of the Divine Feminine. For more info. please click here.
July 17th, Tues. 7:30pm
SPECIAL KIRTAN NIGHT WITH SWAMI CHETAN JYOTI MA!
Mataji is coming from her ashram in Rishikesh, India to share the ecstasy of chanting the Divine Name. Join us in welcoming her to Anam Cara and experience the power and joy of chanting! This will be an ecstatic prelude to the weekend retreat that follows!
July 20-22, Friday Evening-Sunday Afternoon
THE DIVINE POWER OF MANTRA RETREAT
Swami Chetan Jyoti Ma and Kalidas
Mantra is one of the primordial forms of the Divine, a bridge to the Infinite expanse of pure Consciousness and a throb of the Divine that totally transforms your mind and body. Delve into the mysterious powers of mantra through kirtan, meditative chants and practices; become immersed in the direct experience of the sublime states of Consciousness of which you are capable.
Meditation Group every Tuesday evening starting promptly at 7:30pm at our center at SunRaven in Bedford, NY. All are welcome! Directions are on the Anam Cara website. If you ever question whether the group is being held on a particular Tuesday evening there will always be a message stating if it is cancelled on that night on 914-234-4800.
(The following if from Lawrence Edwards):
I first met Swami Chetan Jyoti Ma in the summer of 2002 at Ananda Ashram in Monroe, NY when she came back to the west for the first time in 30 years. Krishna Das was instrumental in getting her over here to share her great love of the Divine through chanting kirtans - the practice of chanting names of the Divine that transport you into the very heart of God. She came to our center back then and we chanted our hearts out with her! This left several dozen people in ecstasy and some literally in tears and wanting more! Finally she's coming back to the US, sponsored by Anam Cara, and we look forward to supremely joyous kirtans with her! Be sure to register early for the retreat as space is limited.
You can learn more about Swami Chetan Jyoti Ma and where she'll be offering programs by checking her blog site connected to the Quick Link above. She is originally from Canada and will be in Toronto as well as offering kirtans in Massachusetts.
Anam Cara is able to bring Mataji here through the generous contributions of our supporters. Because of your gifts we are able to continue our mission of making meditative practices from many traditions available to all.
People have been asking about when the next Mysteries of the Divine Feminine and Kundalini Empowerment retreat will be held. It will be offered on the last weekend in October.
Thank you all for your notes of appreciation for our newsletter. You've helped to expand the Anam Cara community to nearly 1500 people around the world! Everyone has the heart to be a true soul friend.
If you have any suggestions, comments or sharings, please don't hesitate to e-mail me and I'll do my best to respond.
Anam Cara, Inc. is a 501 (C) 3, non-profit educational organization dedicated to teaching meditative practices. Our non-denominational programs are open to all. There are free meditation instructions and downloadable audio files of guided meditations on our website.
Thank you for the many ways you have shown support for Anam Cara, Inc. Your tax deductible donations enable Anam Cara to put on free programs and expand its work in sharing the practices of meditation. Please send your donations to Anam Cara, P.O. Box 215, Bedford Hills, NY 10507.
I look forward to welcoming you in person to our programs.
With great respect and love,
I thank you all.
May all beings realize complete freedom from suffering and rest in the steady wisdom from which compassion, patience and loving kindness perpetually flower!
Lawrence Edwards, Ph.D.
Founder and Director
Anam Cara, Inc.