The Matter of Hope

“Hope is important, because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today. But that is the most that hope can do for us — to make some hardship lighter. When I think deeply about the nature of hope, I see something tragic. Since we cling to our hope in the future, we do not focus our energies and capabilities on the present moment.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Buddhist Master, in his book Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life.

Dear readers, during this strange time it seems that most of us need hope to lighten the load of our global hardships. And, even while we cling to hope for the future, we can simultaneously try to remain focused on the present moment.

Thich Nhat Hanh continues, “I do not mean that you should not have hope, but that hope is not enough. Hope can create an obstacle for you, and if you dwell in the energy of hope, you will not bring yourself back entirely into the present moment. If you re-channel those energies into being aware of what is going on in the present moment, you will be able to make a breakthrough and discover joy and peace right in the present moment, inside of yourself and all around you.”

Are you able to enjoy the present moment now? During this time of quarantines, do you feel hopeful or hopeless?

Before my Dad died suddenly in January, I had been struggling for some time with feelings of hopelessness regarding my health and financial issues. Now, suddenly millions of people are homebound and worried about money like I was! I never would have dreamed this could happen.

Strangely, I am actually feeling more hope now than I did before… And even if hope is not enough, right now it is very important. If you feel hopeless, consider these strong words by Christian Mihai, in his post “Life in The Time of Coronavirus”:

“I encourage each and every single one of you to not become hopeless. It’s a sin not to hope. Truly. If you are hopeless, you think of yourself as helpless, and then you’re really screwed. Maintain a positive attitude, make the best out of an awful situation, and keep working towards your goals. One way or another.”

May you be blessed with hope, courage, and strength. May you take delight in small joys and find peace dwelling in the energies of each sacred moment.

With much love and hope,
StarFire Teja

 

Photo by CHIRAG K on Unsplash.

Ancient Tale of Ramayana Helps in Times of Grief, Anxiety, and Crisis

 

“The lotus in the heart opens to the Shakti of the Supreme Being.”

~ Teja Shankara, illuminating the benefits of reading The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes.

 

Dear readers, this morning I completed a two-month review of the Ramayana, studying all of the notes I’ve taken on many versions, including my own version (published last year)…

The Ramayana is an ancient tale from India that is very helpful to study in times of grief, anxiety, and crisis.

While re-reading my version today, I became inspired to share the entire Epilogue with you here, with the hope that it will elevate your minds! Please enjoy…

 

Epilogue of The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes, by Teja Shankara

As this Ramayana began, the situation on planet Earth had reached crisis proportions. The waters and air were polluted, the animals were dying off, and the Earth itself was sending off many warning signals in the forms of increased winds, raging fires, and devastating storms. The dark forces were taking over the very atmosphere, and the creatures were beginning to starve on many levels.

In that stark state of affairs, so many sins had been created as a result of the wounded human minds, that if all of those negative karmas had come back in reaction to all of the evil actions already committed, it would have been too much darkness for the earthly sphere to bear. Thus, with the human race teetering on the brink of total self-destruction, the Elevations were required to wipe the karmic slates clean before it was too late.

The great Vedic scholar and saint, Adi Shankara, stated that when a human being is elevated to the state of union with Brahman, he or she is then freed from the law of karma. That is what occurred after the Elevations reached eight billion humans complete. A Radiant Golden Clean Slate shimmered for all human beings.

It is Tejaswini’s intention that this version be made into a major film that elevates many beings. May the Radiant Supreme Reality heal us all. May the high vibration extraterrestrial energies shine the Golden Fire of Spiritual Radiance into us all.

Some past Ramayanas, such as the literary masterpiece, Shri Ramacharitamanasa, by Sri Tulasidasa, contained a plethora of gorgeous similes and soul-stirring descriptions of the beauty of nature, in lengthy narratives exceeding seven hundred pages. Tejaswini intentionally kept this version much shorter in order to keep the storyline moving at a faster pace for the busy modern reader.

The benefits of reading this book are many: Elevation to the Highest Love State; Activation of Cosmic Shakahara StarFire Radiant Healing Consciousness; and Awakening of qualities such as Hope, Inspiration, Innovation, and Creativity. As these beautiful positive energies arise, quite naturally there occurs a reduction of fear, anger, and sadness. The lotus in the heart opens to the Shakti of the Supreme Being.

The Magnitude of that Maha~Vishnu Force blows the mind because simultaneously that Force exists in Vaikunta, and is manifesting on Earth as Avatars, AND is living in the hearts of all creatures. Who can understand the Incredible Magnitude of the Holy Blue Force?

In days of old, in earlier times when the Ramayana played out, Rama hid inside the hearts of all human beings, and the humans could only realize that divinity in their hearts by a long slow process of purifying their minds. But in this version, the human minds had become too dense and so the old methods would have been too slow to save the planet. This time the human minds needed to be elevated much more quickly. Thus Lord Shiva planted this question in the mind of Tejaswini: If every human being was suddenly spiritually elevated to the Highest Love Vibrations, what would life on this sacred Earth be like?

In ancient times they foresaw the ruin of this dark iron age, but we do not have to ruin our planet and our human race. With or without a massive intervention by blue beings from outer space, using innovation and elevation we can make life on Earth a happy experience for all creatures. We can increase our brain capacities, and we can remember our full range of mental powers.

Sant (Saint) Keshavadas wrote, “The future religion of the world will be mysticism. Its scriptures will be based upon the teachings and lives of saints of all world religions.” (From his Introduction to the book Saints of India, published by Temple of Cosmic Religion, 1975.) In every land, the saints ever work for the Good of all beings.

Many people believe that the battle between good and evil will continue for all time. They say that the endless war between the light and the dark is the very nature of the cosmos itself. As elevated human beings, we have the power to stop feeding that outdated negative belief, and to join the saints in working toward a world of Goodness.

Some people may question whether or not these Elevations are possible. Tejaswini says that because they have been thought of, that means they are possible.

Yes, human nature CAN BE ELEVATED. It is time to heal human nature so that we can all exist in the Highest Love Vibration. We inherently contain the power to re-wire our brains. We can heal the wounded brain regions that prevent us from remembering our divine heritage.

In past Ramayanas, none could escape the workings of destiny~karma~fate, but in this version, Maha~Vishnu’s Avatars, Sita and Rama, used innovative techniques to uplift universal laws for achieving the Elevation of All Beings.

In other Ramayanas, the protectors of the worlds took human birth as Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, and the other incarnations, in order to destroy the tribe of rakshasas, but in this version, they beamed into human forms to Elevate the tribe. As Rama explained to the Elevating Force, the mission this time was about elevating the wounded rather than killing the wicked. Thus they endeavored to destroy the egos of the wounded beings, rather than harming their physical bodies.

We are all One Love Energy in many forms. We all came from the Stars. Aligning in a Shakahara StarFire Tribe with the Lord, we can share One Fate, a fate that is the Oneness of all beings living together in Peace and Joy.

Throughout the ages, Sita symbolized the human soul kidnapped by the demon Ravana who represented the human ego. With the help of Hanuman, the breath, Sita called out in prayer to Rama (God) who then freed her from captivity by destroying the demon king.

In this version, Sita symbolized the entire human race which was held captive by the demon Ravana who represented all the sins of the dark age of materialism. Sita (the human race) could not truly be saved by the mode of violence. True Freedom for Sita (the human race) could only come by the Force of Light overpowering the dark demon of materialism and its harmful effects, including greed, competition, domination, and starvation. Ever chanting the Name of Rama, Sita called in the Light.

That Force of Light — call it God, Goddess, Rama, Sita, Shiva, Shakti, Durga, Allah, Yahweh, Mary, Jesus, Truth, Guru, Buddha, Jah, Gaia, Great Spirit, Great Mystery, Brahman, Supreme Being — That Force is Beyond all human conceptions and images of It. That Light is extra-terrestrial, and in this Ramayana, It was most definitely Blue!

Endlessly working to spread the Goodness of that Light Force, Sri Hanuman is still ever-present everywhere. He appears anytime Rama’s story is told and anytime the Hanuman Chalisa is sung. Granting strength, positive energy, wisdom, and courage, Hanuman removes fears, diseases, and sorrows. Visualizing him high in the pine trees, ringing his bells, and singing Sita~Rama, brings great happiness to the mind.

This ends the fascinating tale of The Tejaswini Ramayana.

With a hopeful mind, I, Tejaswini, bow to that Force of Light embodied in Rama and Sita. And I pray that each reader, regardless of his or her religion or belief system, has received a transmission of the Elevated State that is experienced by Ramabhaktas and Shivabhaktas when they are deeply immersed in worshipping the resplendent glory of Hari and Hara.

May All Beings Be Elevated to the Highest Love State.

Om Namah Shivaya. Jaya Sita~Rama, Jaya Jaya Hanuman!!!

~ Shri Rama Jaya Rama Jaya Jaya Rama ~

Bolo Rama Sita Hanuman Shiva!

 

With great love and enduring hope,
StarFire Teja

 

Image of blue lotus by Ameen Fahmy on Unsplash.

 

You the Bell

 

“Let this darkness be a bell tower and you the bell. As you ring, what batters you becomes your strength. Move back and forth into the change.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Dear readers,

In my lifetime I have had a tendency to go into regular spells of darkness… But, I have a very strong base of happiness in me, so I know how to create happy moments, even when I’m being battered in darkness!

How about you, is your base of happiness strong?

My dear ones, I sincerely hope that my posts help you to Happy Up. 🙂

With happy hope even in my dark time of grief,
StarFire Teja

 

Photo color enhanced by StarFire Teja. Original photo by Chris Barbalis on Unsplash.

 

Little Sparks Can Ignite Great Fires

Dear readers,

2019 has been a difficult year for me, with many disappointments and feelings of despair… But, in the past week I have witnessed several sparks of hope in the following: some things my older son said, a 2020 keyword suggested by my little sister, some written teachings my aunt gave me, and the powerful heroine’s journey of the main character Rey in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

In future posts I will write more about these blessed happenings…

I am feeling Maha (Great) Gratitude for these hope-sparking incidences, which I feel have been sent to me as gifts from the Force of All Light!

Little sparks can ignite great fires!

So, dear reader, what is sparking in your life now?

 

Photo by Pexels on Pixabay.

 

Monday Morning Musings on Transformation

In my recent post “Transformation Is Always Possible” I shared the following passage from Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm:

“Sorrow, fear, and depression are like a kind of garbage. But these bits of garbage are part of real life, and we must look deeply into their nature. We can practice so as to turn these bits of garbage into flowers. We should not throw anything out. All we have to do is learn the art of composting, of transforming our garbage into flowers. In the practice of Buddhism, we see that all mental formations — including compassion, love, fear, sorrow, and despair — are organic in nature. We don’t need to be afraid of any of them, because transformation is always possible. With just a smile and mindful breathing, we can start to transform them.”

Well, my first musing this morning is about my review of November in my journal and calendar… Even though in the midst of my challenges I feel as though I am failing miserably, when I read through my journal I could see how much progress I am actually making, in working more skillfully with reactions, and in transforming negative thinking into positive thinking. And, I could see my strength, perseverance, grit, and mettle.

When I finished the review, I wrote, “I am feeling the flowers growing up out of the garbage! Even though it was still hard, November had so much goodness and it was much better than the previous three months!”

Dear reader, how was the month of November for you? Do you regularly take notes in a journal or calendar? Do you take time to reflect on your intentions, and celebrate your successes along the way?

My next musing is about how Gratitude is a potent tool for transformation… I really stepped up my gratitude practices in November, and I could really feel the results in a very tangible way. With each hardship that appeared, I consciously practiced feeling grateful for all the blessings in my life, and I came to the realization that for me, all roads lead to Gratitude!

As December begins, I intend to continue practicing the art of transformation… So my last musing for today is about my keywords for this new month. I pray that my “garbage” can be transformed into the flowers of Happiness, Holiness, Peace, and Joy! ~

~ Happiness ~ One of my current affirmations is “I am choosing to be happy, even when I feel tired or sick.”

~ Holiness ~ In this winter holiday season, I intend to look even more deeply into everything, so as to see the hidden holiness and to feel the absolute sacredness of life.

~ Peace ~ Imagining a very quiet place in nature, covered with pure white snow, I intend to generate the energy of Peace in myself and to send that energy of Peace out into the Universe.

~ Joy! ~ In his book Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm, Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh draws this slight distinction between happiness and joy: “In the joy there’s still a little bit of excitement. Happiness is a more peaceful feeling, like contentment.” ~ So, in addition to choosing to be happy, I am also choosing to be joyful!

Beloved readers… May your December be Happy and Joyful!

Do you have any keywords for December?

With hope, positivity, and joy,
Sister Teja

 

Dahlia photo by S. Hermann & F. Richter on Pixabay.