Something to Ponder: Bees

In the version of the Ramayana called the Shri Ramacharitamanasa, when Prince Rama and his wife Sita were banished to the forest for fourteen years, the poet-saint Tulsidas wrote that the people of the kingdom “felt as miserable as bees robbed of their honey.”

Something to Ponder:
Why do bees make honey?
Are bees feeling creatures
who experience happiness and misery?

 

Bee photo by Krzysztof Niewolny on Unsplash.

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Put A Sun On It.

Hello dear readers… Greetings from Indiana, where the wind is blowing and clouds are gathering, as the rains from Tropical Storm Barry make their way up here. I am grateful for the cheerful birdsong and for my colorful room, as I write and sip my strong black coffee*.

(*If you would like to order a bag of this coffee, which is my daily favorite, please click on this link, and if you order through this link I will gratefully receive a small commission: Kicking Horse Grizzly Claw, Dark Roast, Certified Organic Fairtrade Coffee.)

This morning while eating some soaked oats (watch for a recipe post soon), I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, and I noticed that there was a balance between good happy news and bad sad news, which made me think of the happy-ing up practice I already had in mind for this post… This practice brings a little humor and helps shift your perspective with regards to good and bad times.

Years ago there was an episode in the TV series “Portlandia” (that I never watched but heard about) in which an interior decorator’s solution was to “Put a bird on it.” That expression became a popular catchphrase, and when I heard it, somehow it tickled me deeply, so lately I’ve been playing around with the idea… That is how I came up with today’s practice: “Put a Sun on it.”

Having a bad day? Put a Sun on it.

In the Adhyatma Ramayana (translated by Swami Tapasyananda), Rama’s brother Lakshmana tells Guha, “In the midst of happiness, misery can occur, and in the midst of misery, happiness too can occur.”

So, beyond the humor of “Putting a Sun on it,” in this practice there is also a shift in your perspective. In times of misery, it is all too easy to spot the misery, but can you find the happiness in the midst of the misery?

The next time you feel less than happy, try this practice… Think to yourself, “Put a Sun on it.” Next, ask yourself, “What is right in this situation? What happy thing is happening? What small joy can I find in this moment?”

I hope this practice helps you to happy up… And if you are already feeling happy, that’s awesome… Put a Sun on it, and perhaps you will feel even happier! 🙂

May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Be Happy!

 

14 Benefits You May Receive from Reading The Tejaswini Ramayana

Imagine if you were suddenly banished to the forest for fourteen years. How would you react?

In the ancient story from India called the Ramayana, the Avatar Rama was suddenly banished to the forest for fourteen years, on the day his father, King Dasaratha, was supposed to crown him as heir to the throne. The human drama that caused the exile, as well as all of the resulting actions, make the Ramayana an exciting read.

To date, there are more than three hundred recorded Ramayanas. You may receive many benefits from reading my new version, The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes, including (but not limited to) the following fourteen benefits:

1. While reading this book, you may experience pleasant sensations, such as tingling, in your body or even around your body, particularly just above the top of your head. These sensations are a sign that you are being spiritually elevated.

2. While reading this book, you may begin to notice positive changes (subtle or dramatic) in your daily life, in terms of your thoughts, words, intentions, and actions. These are also signs that you are being spiritually elevated.

3. By the time you finish reading the Epilogue, you may feel as though you have been elevated to the Highest Love State. When you feel like you love everyone and everything, that is a sign that you are in the Highest Love State.

4. Reading this book can bring about an activation of Cosmic Shakahara StarFire Radiant Healing Consciousness. You may feel the healing warmth in the palms of your hands, which is a sign that healing energies are flowing through you.

5. Reading this book can awaken 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.

6. Through reading this book, you can experience more trust about life. It will help you to understand how everything happens for a reason, according to a greater plan.

7. Reading this book may help you to accept what is happening in your life, as you experience the book’s heroes facing the challenges of the human condition.

8. Reading this book can help you to come to terms with death – both the deaths of your loved ones, and your own death.

9. Reading this book may help you to face grief and other difficulties – knowing that, like the heroes in the story, you are never alone in your pain. A force greater than you is always with you.

10. Reading this book will give you assurance that there is always hope for redemption – that even the greatest sinners can be forgiven, healed, and loved.

11. The spiritual practices listed at the beginning of the book will help you to keep raising your vibrations while reading this book – and beyond.

12. Reading this book will give you hope that human nature can be elevated – that human beings can heal their brains and remember their divine heritage… and thus overcome their negative habits and low vibrations.

13. Reading this book will give you faith that the Forces of Goodness and Light are stronger than the forces of darkness.

14. Although this book may be shocking to some of the millions who love the traditional Ramayana, in this version some changes were made to the original story in order to elevate the characters and the readers to the Highest Love Vibrations. Remember, anytime you feel like you love everyone and everything, that is when you are in the Highest Love Vibrations!

Please order your copy of this most beneficial book today! Available on Amazon:
The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all who celebrate!

May All Beings Be Happy!

Refreshing AND Deepening

This is a follow-up to the blog I posted on Friday, “StarFire Teja’s StarFire Friday Prayer: May You Feel Refreshed” in which I wrote about how your intentions and guided imagery regularly need to be refreshed.

Perhaps you’ve already read a blog I posted in January called “Radiance & Darkness” in which I talked about how opposing forces can be simultaneously true. Well, I remembered that after posting the blog on Friday, thus I’m writing this follow-up.

While some prayers and visualizations get stale and need to be refreshed, the opposite is also true! Some prayers and spiritual practices can be done over and over and over, and you go deeper and deeper with them each time. Your deeper mind loves newness, and it also thrives on repetition. Both are true. As you try out the various practices suggested in these blogs, you will know when to let some go, and when to dive deeper into others. When you listen to your inner wisdom you will know when to refresh and when to deepen.

At the beginning of my new book I offer a section called Radiance Rising, which is an extended list of spiritual practices you can do while reading the book and beyond. One of the practices is a forty-verse chant called the Hanuman Chalisa (CD with versions of that chant by Krishna Das: Flow of Grace), and I have been singing that prayer daily for almost ten years. Talk about repetition!

After the section with spiritual practices, I tell the magical story of Rama and Sita, in my fantastical version of the Ramayana. Many people, including myself, study the Ramayana as a spiritual practice. Currently I am studying my own version on Sundays, and it really uplifts me for the following week.

I have been studying this ancient story from India for almost fifteen years, and while reading nearly one dozen versions, I have gone deeper into the meanings and I have also realized many applications to my daily life. When you read this book, you will recognize your own wisdom through the heroes of the tale.

Please order your happy copy on Lulu today:
The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes

Or if you prefer Amazon:
The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes

Please share your experiences with refreshing and deepening in the comments below, down where it says “Leave a Reply.”

May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Be Happy!

 

Background image Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

StarFire Teja’s StarFire Friday Prayer: May You Feel Held By Something Greater

 

May your mind settle down and come to a nourishing still point.

May you listen to your body and lovingly give it what it needs.

May your weekend be healing, with moments of peace.

May you feel Held By Something Greater.

 

This weekend, take some time to nourish yourself on all levels: mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual.

Mental nourishment: To calm your mind, when you first wake up in the morning, spend a few moments setting your intentions for the day. Then, throughout the day, take a few minutes here and there to close your eyes and tune in again to your intentions for the day. At bedtime, quietly reflect on the day. Celebrate any small joys, and release any disappointments. Visualize your mind being filled with a calm, healing light that is nourishing every cell in your brain.

Physical nourishment: Did you know that your body is talking to you all the time? When you tune in to the body channel, you will hear it telling you what it needs. Perhaps it needs a little extra rest. Or maybe it needs a little extra pure water or a lot more dark green leafy vegetables. Visualize all of your 37.2 trillion cells being filled with warm healing energies.

Emotional nourishment: Take some time to reflect on how you process your feelings. Do you tend to brush them off and keep busy, or do you tend to over-indulge in them? In order to achieve healthy tendencies with the emotional realm, develop the habit of becoming the observer. As you watch any and all emotions flowing through you, practice allowing them to be just as they are, without trying to change them. And, at the same time, set the intentions that you are healing and that you are loving yourself no matter how you feel. Cultivate self-love, and visualize that love flowing out to all beings.

Spiritual nourishment: Perhaps you’ve read some of my past blogs with spiritual tips, such as “StarFire Teja’s Three Super Simple Spiritual Practices” in which I’ve shared fun ways to connect with your spiritual self. I am all about making spiritual practices do-able for people, because when you do spiritual practices you directly experience, in your body, what it feels like to know that you are Held By Something Greater. Visualize your entire being connected with every star in the sky, and imagine that the whole universe is vibrating and shining inside your heart. Allow that bright light to spread throughout your whole being, and then see it radiating out to all beings.

After your fantastic healing weekend, please come back here and share all about it in the comments below, down where it says “Leave a reply.”

And, to learn more simple spiritual practices, order a copy of my book, which is a magical new version of an ancient tale from India called the Ramayana. Before I begin the fantastical story, I offer a section called Radiance Rising, which is an extensive list of spiritual practices. You will love this book! Please order it today on Amazon: The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes.

May All Beings Feel Held By Something Greater.
May All Beings Be Happy!

 

image Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech