Happy Star Wars Day!

 

“His bravery had stirred spirits across the galaxy, demonstrating that one person could make a difference, even in the darkest of times.”

~ from Star Wars: The Last Jedi Junior Novel by Michael Kogge.

 

Dear readers,

As our sci-fi-ish virus pandemic reality continues, I am really enjoying reading the junior novels of the Star Wars Saga… There is a saying “reality is stranger than fiction,” and that certainly rings true for me right now! I’m not sure if these are the “darkest” of times, but they are up there with the “strangest” of times, wouldn’t you agree?

Today I am sending huge gratitude blessings out to George Lucas, J.J. Abrams, Rian Johnson, and all the other creators of the Star Wars Saga! May the Force bless them all with incredible Light for all that they have given humanity!

Happy Star Wars Day, Everyone!

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May the Fourth Be With You!

With gratitude and inspiration,
StarFire Teja

 

Background stars image courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

 

Light Poem

 

This pandemic is revealing
some bright lights of intelligence and compassion,

as well as some dark shadowy aspects.

Rise up, humanity.
Rise up in the Light.

Go toward the Light.
Go toward the Light.
Go toward the Light!

 

Dear beings of light,

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens Junior Novel by Michael Kogge, the ancient wise woman Maz says to Rey:

“The belonging you seek is not behind you. It is ahead. I am no Jedi, but I know the Force. It moves through and surrounds every living thing. Close your eyes. Feel it. The light. It’s always been there. It will guide you.”

May we all close our eyes and feel the light!

May the Force give you strength and guide you through this strange time…

With gratitude for the Sunshine of our brightest Star,
StarFire Teja

 

Photo of Sunshine through Pine Tree taken by StarFire Teja.

 

Confronting Fear

 

“Confronting fear is the destiny of a Jedi – your destiny. The Force will be with you always.”

~ Luke speaking to Rey in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

 

Dear readers,

May you be calm in facing your fears.

May you feel the underlying Peace encoded in your blood and bones.

May you stay safe and healthy.

Sending good cheer and good courage from my quarantine to yours,
StarFire Teja

 

Photo by AdinaVoicu on Pixabay.

 

A Brief Comparative Study: The Rise of Skywalker and The Tejaswini Ramayana

Spoiler Alert: Scenes from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are referred to in this post!

In this post I will share a few similarities between the film, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and my book, The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes. In the interest of simplifying the titles, I will refer to them as the “RS” and the “TR”…

The heroines of both epics, Rey in the RS and Sita Ma in the TR, embody incredible spiritual power and compassion. After undergoing many trials they both shine triumphantly in the end.

The “bad guys” of both stories, Kylo Ren in the RS and Ravana in the TR, are greatly wounded and revel in nurturing the dark side within themselves, but in the end both come back to the Light, and peacefully leave their physical bodies behind.

In both dramas, the Force of All Light, embodied in the Jedi in the RS and Lord Rama’s Enterprise in the TR, ultimately wins against the darkness! Through these powerful myths, we see a bright picture of human potential, and the application is for us to do all we can to help shift wounded people in darkness to the healing Light Force.

By the way, James Cameron has not replied to my letter suggesting that he produce the high vibration film of The Tejaswini Ramayana… Perhaps I will write to J.J. Abrams next! 🙂

May you be blessed by the Force of All Light!

 

Photo by Gagandeep Singh on Unsplash.

 

Be With Me

Spoiler Alert: Scenes from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are referred to in this post!

In one of the early scenes of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the heroine Rey is meditating in the forest, where she is levitating with large rocks swirling in the air around her. With eyes closed, she repeats, “Be with me” several times, but then, frustrated, she returns to the ground and says to General Leia, “They’re not with me.”

Rey was referring to the spirits of the Jedi ancestors, who she was calling upon to be with her. I can really relate to that scene and to her frustration, because my Dad died four weeks ago, and I have been calling out to his spirit to please give me some signs that he is still with me…

The Rise of Skywalker is my favorite movie ever. I actually went to see it four times at the theater! The fourth time I saw it, I caught some things that I had not noticed before… Like the voice of Yoda talking to Rey when, in a later scene, she once again says “Be with me” and this time all the Jedi spirits surround her and speak to her… It was so touching to hear Jedi Master Yoda say, “Rise in the Force, Rey.”

That scene gives me hope that if I keep praying and staying open, perhaps my Dad’s spirit will come to me in some way(s)… And actually, yesterday morning I was awakened by the first dream that my Dad has appeared in since he died…

In the dream he was quite startled by every little thing, and he was trying to do something and he was very frustrated by it… He was telling my Mom about it quietly, and she was answering him quietly… and then he began crying and crying, with many tears rolling down his cheeks, and I stood there watching and wanting to help him in some way…

In reality, I never saw my Dad cry, so I’m not sure if the dream was about his spirit being unsettled in the other realms, or if it was just about me and my feelings of anxiety, frustration, and sadness at the suddenness of his death.

“In any case” (as my Dad would often say), I am praying for my Dad’s spirit to be at peace and for him to come to me in signs that bring me peace… “Be with me, dear Dad!”

Dear readers, thank you for witnessing my sorrow and my yearning to connect with my Dad…

May the peace of the forest be with you!

With love and sadness,
StarFire Teja

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Amazing forest photo by jplenio (Johannes Plenio) on Pixabay.

Yoda meme source unknown; it appears on many websites.