Sacred Sites

“Wakan Tanka, Great Mystery, teach me how to trust my heart, my mind, my intuition, my inner knowing, the senses of my body, the blessings of my spirit. Teach me to trust these things so that I may enter my sacred space and love beyond my fear, and thus walk in balance with the passing of each glorious sun “.

(Native American Prayer)

In Search of Sacred Sites

Throughout human history, sacred sites have been places of pilgrimage and transformation, offering a portal through which we attune ourselves to the divine. Many sacred sites are still active in today’s world, revealing a basic human need to bathe in the blessings such sites bestow on those open to receive the transmission.

Ask Sarita : Polarity Imbalance in Relationship

Hi Sarita,

I am in a very beautiful loving relating with my beloved for 4 years. I feel lot of understanding and harmony between us when it comes to Yin for example walking in the nature, meditating together, love making so on….however when it comes to discussion on knowledge, working together on a plan or on a project we are almost killing each other.

I feel there is no space for Yang between us. How to be with it and to grow out of it?

With Love

Anton

Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

This beautiful wisdom text remains always relevant. It was written as a Christmas message for his friends by a poet named Max Ehrmann. Osho has highly praised this text in one of his early discourses.
Desiderata
(Meaning, ‘Essential Things’ in Latin) By Max Ehrmann

“Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they

Inspirational Book – Hidden Mysteries

This small book, translated from Hindi, is a real jewel. Each page has exciting, esoteric revelations about sacred spaces, sacred architecture, occult sciences and mystical secrets. Much of the information Osho is divulging has never been revealed in the public domain before, but was kept as closely guarded secrets to be delivered only to adepts. The worldwide scope of the information he is offering shows us how vast Osho’s wisdom is, covering a wide array of esoteric understanding from various mystical traditions, including, Hindu, Jaina, Sufi, Buddhist, Zen, Tibetan and more. It was well known in Osho’s community

In Profile – Anahata

Anahata Introduction : Our Newsletter Coordinator 

This is my first Tantra Essence newsletter and I am very excited about it! This brings me great joy as I feel I am helping to share Tantra with the world. I have a clear vision to bring Tantra into the ordinary daily life of  people. I want everyone to have access to Tantric methods, rituals and meditations and would like to bring Tantra back to its source : India in its full glory. That’s my mission and I am on my way.

Recipe – Creamy Pudding

This is from the book,

Raw Foods For Busy People
By Jordan Maerin

CREAMY PUDDING

1 ripe avocado
1 ripe banana or 1/4 cup pitted dates, (soaked for minimum 10 min.)
1/2 cup berries
2 tsp vanilla extract

Whip all ingredients in a blender. Use a spatula to scrape the sides of the blender a few times as you are in the blending process.

Baul Mystics – An Insight

“The Baul is a seeker of their true being, through the path of love. Through sadhana the Bauls transform worldly love into divine love, individual love into Universal love, and conditional love to unconditional love. Baul means an eccentric who has conquered all external sense perceptions. He is totally absorbed in Divine love.”

The word ‘Baul’ originates from the word ‘Batul’ in Sanskrit.‘Baul’ in Bengali essentially means an eccentric who has conquered all external sense perceptions. He is totally absorbed in divine love.

Sarita’s Blog – Tantra: Transformation of Poison into Nectar

A heavy and dramatic situation at the age of 14 opened into a mysterious and miraculous space of benediction. In searching for the answer as to what happened, I found myself drawn to meditation as a spiritual path, and to Tantra, where I found the answer. In finding this answer, I simultaneously found the answer and the healing for all the misalignments that plague our world.

Osho Quote: On Poetry

Osho talks on poetry. As an example he takes a haiku by Basho and a poem by Tennyson.

Just the other night I was reading the famous haiku of Basho, the Zen mystic and master. It does not look like great poetry to the Western mind or to the mind which has been educated in a Western way. And now the whole world is being educated in the Western way; East and West have disappeared as far as education is concerned. Listen to it very silently, because it is not what you call great poetry but it is great insight – which is far more important. It has tremendous poetry, but to feel that poetry you have to be very subtle. Intellectually, it cannot be understood; it can be understood only intuitively.

Meditation of the month : Atisha’s Heart Meditation

This meditation reveals the path to inner mastery and compassionate enlightenment through the heart principle. It is the quintessential Tantra Meditation as it works on transforming ‘poison’ into ‘nectar’.

A Delectable Surprise! – Interview with Ashwin and Aashima

I was surprised and delighted to see my friends Ashwin, owner /director of Zorba the Buddha in Delhi, together with his Beloved Aashima appear as if by magic at the Angsbacka Sweden Tantra Festival. They didn’t tell me they were coming so as to give me a good surprise! We were hanging out with James from Scotland, on the beautiful lawn, having a leisurely dinner, when Ashwin began telling us about his fascinating encounter with a Baul Mystic who specializes in Tantric Sexuality.

Anahata’s Divine Vegan Kamut Paratha

During Sarita’s first visit to my home in Cologne, Germany we visited few local health stores. There she introduced me to an ancient grain KAMUT®. It is a long grain with a brown cover. It has a sort of nutty flavor and is closely related to wheat. KAMUT® is supposed to be originally from Egypt. You can buy either Kamut flour or grain from your local health store or order online.

Ask Sarita : Does Physical illness have spiritual reasons?

Dear Sarita.

Is it true that all physical illnesses have spiritual reasons? For instance one gets sick and dies in a very bad condition and suffers from disease and struggling with life miseries for ages until death but another one has a very silent and wealthy life and dies in good physical condition and health.

Do all these happen due to their personal acts and behaviors in life? Are all these, consequences of their own crowded minds and busy and conflicting thoughts and behaviors? Can we say “for example” they are in bad situation because they were bad people, And these are all reactions of their prior actions?

A poem by Madhuri

The Wind and the Wizard

Long ago there was a wizard
Who tried to calm a wild blizzard.
He spun and yelled and hopped a lot
But none of that could help a jot –
The snow it whirled and wailed like doom
Around that little humble room.

Inspirational Film – Dangerous Beauty

This film is a triumph. Through the experience of a high class and highly respected courtesan, it exposes many interesting elements of life in Venice during the turbulent time of the Inquisition. Through this film we can sense a society which openly displayed a propensity for a veritable feast of sensual love, through the poetry of its language, fashion, arts, and including the art of sexual love. It brings into question whether the act of marriage holds any validity beyond the convenience of security and the paternal lineage. And it exalts true love with the overall feel good message, “love conquers all obstacles”

Visible Soul, Invisible Body – Roxana

Today, I woke up at 6am and read the following words of Osho.

“The body is the visible soul and the soul is the invisible body”.
“A totally new kind of education is needed in the world where fundamentally everybody is introduced into the silences of the heart – in other words, into meditation – and where everybody has to be prepared to be compassionate to his or her own body”.
I was captivated by the mood of beauty and the appreciation of mystery in his words. Once again my chosen path was affirmed.

Dhyandeepa – A journey of reclaiming my orgasmic potential

For decades I had been a slave to sexual fantasies in my mind. This was the result of the way I learned to masturbate, my initiation into sexuality, the porn movies I had watched as a teen-ager, and the shame I felt around my sexuality which led me to repress my true desires and expression. Of course, these were almost 100% directly linked to my ability to have an orgasm. This is the story of my journey to reclaim my orgasmic potential.

Creativity: The sky is a suspended blue ocean

A poem by Hafiz from the book ‘The Subject Tonight Is Love’, translated by Daniel Ladinsky.

Meditation: Feel the Presence of the Other

Osho talks to a disciple in a personal interview on how to feel the presence of the other and expand consciousness. “Holding the hand of your woman or man, why not sit silently? Why not close your eyes and feel?”

Recipe: Middle Eastern Style Feast

Hummus, salad and pita bread make a wonderful summer feast, good for families, parties, or a delicious dinner for two. Of course, for best flavour and nutritional value, all ingredients should ideally be organic.