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What do you devote your life to?

Posted on: March 6th, 2020 by rachana

In the world we live, money – and everything it represents – is the greatest value. Isn’t it interesting that the dollar bill shows the saying “In God we trust“? Nobody asks people why they spend all their life energy on image and work, even “giving their souls” to serve the interests of a company. Our value is defined by what we do and how successful we are in our achievements. Most human beings devote their lives to the values defined by the mainstream, without questioning or reflecting on the harmful consequences for their own lives and their surroundings.

 

The word devotion is not frequently used in the western world, and it is very poorly understood. In my experience, being a devotee means putting your love, your life energy, at the service of something. One day my mother told me that she found it strange that I devote my life to my Master and always prioritize being in retreats with him; she thought it was too much. Without reacting, I managed to stop and think before answering: “yes mother, it is true that I devote my life to this, but if you think about it, everyone devotes their lives to something; to work, to a company, to a career, to family, to success, to money. I devote my life to find out who I am in the essence, to discover love, to live in awareness, in peace, and that is what my master represents to me; he teaches me how to live what I seek the most, that’s why I made this choice to devote my life to this path ”.

 

In 2018, I spent two months in Ladakh, northern India, and I had numerous opportunities to observe devotion as an intrinsic part of the culture and the way people from that area live. They are simple and extremely intelligent, fully connected with nature and its religious principles. I had an incredible chance to go to a meeting with the Dalai Lama and his 40,000 devotees. Entire families, from grandparents to babies, monks from different schools, and people who fled Tibet to be able to be there, in their master’s enlightened presence. It was impressive to feel the silence and harmony present in that intense atmosphere of love and devotion.

 

Throughout history, there have always been people who “chose” to follow their own path, devoting their lives to something untouchable, but very real – the most genuine longing of their hearts. In the east, these drop outs, in the sense of living “outside” of the values of the society, are known as sannyasins, or simply disciples, those who want to learn. They are highly respected in the society, as they leave the worldly values to devote themselves to the path of spiritual awakening. Contrarily to what many people think, this choice to follow the path of awakening is extremely challenging, since it is a narrow and often obscure journey. That’s why the master is necessary; he is like a lighthouse in the dark night. He points the way, the direction, and more than that, he is the real proof that this human existence is a gift and that it is possible to live as an “awakened being”. For me, devoting my life to this realization is in itself a grace.

 

And you, what do you devote your existence to?

 

 


Sana_blogSana is a devotee of Vasant Swaha, enjoying and exploring the way back to her true nature. She loves to share herself through Integration Craniossacral sessions and workshops of meditations. Living closer to nature is her biggest joy.

 

 

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Hot summer curry: Khadai Paneer + how to make your own paneer

Posted on: August 17th, 2018 by leena

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In Dharma mountain we have just experienced a beautiful summer retreat with the Beloved Master Swaha. Participants from many countries have come to sit with the master, to come back to nature outside and inside. We have had the warmest summer anyone can remember in Norway, and enjoyed the sun, the river – and of course the tasty fresh food from our kitchen. One of our favourite retreat lunches is the Khadai Paneer – a spicy indian curry with the soft indian cheese paneer.

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In Dharma kitchen we make our own paneer – with  fresh milk from a local farmer. Dhipani & Ashika made the paneer this summer. and Dhipani shares some secrets of how to do it so it really becomes soft and juicy:

 

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Homemade paneer:

Makes +/- 750 g paneer

5 liters whole milk (preferably fresh, ecological and non-pasteurized)

100 ml white vinegar

 

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How to do it:

Measure the vinegar. Heat up the milk in a thick-bottomed vessel. Bring the milk to almost boiling, but just before the bubbles come up, add the vinegar and turn off the heat.

This will give the cheese a softer consistency than if you wait until it boils. Stir in the vinegar with a wooden spoon, in a gentle way so you don’t break the curd.

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Drain in a colander covered with a cheese cloth. (You can use any clean, loosely woven white fabric. ) Spread the curd evenly. Cover with a plate, and a weight (a stone for example) on top. Leave for 10 minutes with the weight (if you leave it longer, the cheese will become harder), then put in the fridge until it’s completely cold and firm. Cut in pieces, and keep in the fridge.

 

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Don’t be stingy with the spices on this one.

4 persons

500 g paneer cheese

15 g garlic, finely chopped

20 g ginger, finely chopped

200 g onion, chopped

400 g canned tomatoes or fresh tomatoes, if using fresh tomatoes blend them or cut in small cubes

7 g salt

7,5 g turmeric

13 g ground coriander

3 g ground cumin or whole seeds

2 g chili powder or cayenne

3 g garam masala

1 g fenugreek leaves

40 g fresh coriander, pluck the leaves

45 ml cream

150 ml water

65 g red paprika, cut in cubes

65 g green paprika, cut in cubes

 

Instructions:

Cut the paneer and paprika in 2,5 cm cubes.

Fry onion until golden, or even better, if you have the time, until the onion is caramelized. Add garlic and ginger – and fry some more.

Add cumin seeds or powder and stir around a bit before you add the other spices (except for garam masala) and then the tomatoes.

Let simmer for a little while. Meanwhile you fry the paneer in a frying pan with ghee or butter until golden on each side. Quickly fry the paprika too, just so it loses the raw feeling, but it should still be crispy.

Add the garam masala and cream to the sauce and taste for salt. You might need to add a little sugar to balance it out. Add more spices if you feel it’s needed.

Mix the paneer and the paprika into the sauce. Serve with basmati rice, brown rice, green salad and chutneys.

With love from Satori kitchen

 Photos by Ram and Raahi


 

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Whispering heart

Posted on: December 3rd, 2016 by leena

Sadhna shares how her song “White Swan” came to be, and how it lead her to her master, Vasant Swaha.


“Hvite Svane” – or “White Swan” in English, is a song of great significance to me. 

It came together with a deep longing for my master. I didn’t know about him yet, I had been searching in many ways and I was confused. But my heart was whispering something, and it came into this song. Singing it made it clear to me that I had to be honest and true to myself, I was not satisfied where I was at.

After meeting with a dear friend who had been around Swahaji for many years, it was set, my heart was clearly telling me to just go, go, go.

It was simply amazing how this love gave me the courage to just pack my bag and leave everything, that which had felt so difficult.  I went to Brasil for the first retreat with Swaha, and it changed my life completely. Completely. It is a blessing impossible to put into words.

“You have to understand that when you are on earth, then you are already in heaven. No other place exists” , the angel said to the human. 

In the time after the retreat I was inspired to pick up and rewrite the song. It was a winter night, after having watched the movie  “I et speil, i en gåte”, based on the novel by Jostein Gaarder. The theme, the characters and what they were experiencing and expressing really touched me. Again I felt the vulnerability, beauty and magic of life and death. With the serenity of the winter night embracing me. With Babaji (another name for Swaha, ed. note) in my heart. I had to grab the pen and paper and wrote and wept. Beauty tears. Those tears that feel like nectar to the soul.

“An offering of songs”

In the next retreat in Brasil, we were invited to share something from our hearts in the Gitanjali day. Gitanjali can be translated to “an offering of songs”, and this gathering was a way of expressing and giving thanks to all the beauty we received from our master, from existence and our hearts.

I felt that I had to share “Hvite Svane”, even if I was very nervous. I had never shared any of my own writings, and just to share my voice with others was an utterly vulnerable case. I was so shy, sensitive and insecure. But I had to share it, my heart said so.

Little did I know that this song was to be sung in Satsang, to my beloved master. In that moment I felt so much support to go on singing, Swaha really helped me to move through the barriers I had, that insecurity that had held me away from doing what I truly love.

And with this support, the inspiration expanded into more poems and songs. It expanded into my first concert, in the Mukti Gathering, where this video is from.

Singing in the forest temple was such a gift, such a gift to be there doing what I love in the place where my master is sharing himself. I am so grateful that I was granted this opportunity to come out from my hiding place and feel how it is when we share our gift in a loving environment with sweet friends.

Now I am continuing this offering of songs. With so much gratitude and respect to my master and all those friends that supported my in the unfolding – and it is till unfolding- of the Song.


Sadhna lives in Hedalen, Norway.  She loves arts and beauty and enjoys exploring different ways of flowing and expressing it.

NEXT MUKTI: Check out the next Mukti – Music & Mantra weekend at Dharma Mountain 13-15 January.

 

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