Sai Baba of Shirdi – The Early Years

Gurusthan in ShirdiBy 1910 the village of Shirdi had become slightly more prosperous, though Mrs Tarkhad, a Sai Baba devotee and regular visitor from Bombay, still found it “little more than a neglected hamlet without any lighting, sweeping or other conveniences of civilization… The streets and passages were all dark and unlit at night.” By then, Baba’s mosque had already taken on the character of a darbar (royal court), which it was to retain till the end of his mortal days.

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Galileo Galilei

Galileo GalileiGalileo Galilei was an Italian astronomer, physicist and engineer, sometimes described as a polymath, from Pisa. Galileo has been called the “father of observational astronomy”, the “father of modern physics”, the “father of the scientific method”, and the “father of modern science”.

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Full Moon – October 2019

Full MoonOctober’s Full Moon occurs on 14 October, with Ashwini Purnima taking place on 13-14 October. This month’s Full Moon in Pisces – a water sign – calls to explore the depths of water, feeling, emotion with movement towards self-understanding – of our true nature – the Self of all that is. On this occasion of Full Moon we also observe Valmiki Jayanti (birth of Valmiki) and Mirabai Jayanti (birth of Mirabai).

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George Fox – Founder of the Society of Friends (Quakers)

George FoxGeorge Fox was an English Dissenter, who was a founder of the Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as the Quakers or Friends. The son of a Leicestershire weaver, he lived in times of social upheaval and war.

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Guru Nanak

Guru Nanak giving blessingGuru Nanak is named founder of the Sikh religion. ‘Sikh’ means ‘disciple’ and Guru Nanak believed that one can evolve or achieve salvation only through direct contact with a true master or a ‘sadguru’. His religion has spread not only in North India but also in America, Singapore and Africa. Many Sikhs now live in other countries.

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Elijah Benamozegh

Italian Orthodox Rabbi Elijah BenamozeghElijah Benamozegh, sometimes Elia or Eliyahu, (born 1822; died 6 February 1900) was an Italian rabbi and a noted Kabbalist, highly respected in his day as one of Italy’s most eminent Jewish scholars. He served for half a century as rabbi of the important Jewish community of Livorno, where the Piazza Benamozegh now commemorates his name and distinction. His major work is Israel and Humanity (1863), which was translated into English by Dr. Mordechai Luria in 1995.

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Francis of Assisi

St FrancisFew saints in the history of the church have had such an immediate and such a lasting success as Francis of Assisi. His first two followers, Bernard of Quintavalle and Peter of Catani, joined him in 1208, yet by 1222, three, if not five, thousand men are said to have assembled together for a Convocation. And in our own time the stream of visitors to Assisi and the flood of books and articles devoted to Francis show that the appeal of il poverello has not diminished. Indeed, the current Pope took the name Francis – for he was told “don’t forget the poor” when he was elected

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Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook

Rabbi Abraham Isaac KookAbraham Isaac Kook was an Orthodox rabbi, the first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of British Mandatory Palestine in the Land of Israel, the founder of Yeshiva Mercaz HaRav, a Jewish thinker, Posek, Kabbalist, and a renowned Talmid Chacham. He is considered one of the fathers of religious Zionism.

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An Urgent Message from the Guardians of Planet Earth.

Guardians of the EarthThe Creative Source of The All – that is, all Universes, all forms of life and ALL-EMBRACING-LOVE-ITSELF- has many sentinels who serve and pass on the simple message that life is love and the goal of life is merger with this all-embracing-love-itself. Due a cyclic phenomenon, and the advance of the 26,000 year cycle of the Earth’s progression we are about to enter into a wave of Ascension energy, reaching Earth herself. However, there is a bund of negative energy surrounding Earth and all who live upon her. The Guardians of the Earth – the WATCHERS and others – seek our help with this bund of negativity. You may give your assistance to Ascension itself:

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Bede Griffiths

Bede GriffithsBede Griffiths was a contemplative Benedictine Monk who was led to India by spiritual means to explore the depths of the incarnation within the heart of the human person. He first went to Kurisumala Monastery, Kerala and then to Shantivanam – a Christian Monastery and Ashram in Tamil Nadu. Seeking the meeting point of the divine incarnation of Christ the Son of God in Indian spiritual tradition, Bede Griffiths and the Shantivanam Ashram became a beacon for Christians seeking inner renewal, world-wide.

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Full Moon August 2019

Full MoonThe Full Moon of 15 August occurs outside the prevailing Kaala Sarp Yoga (serpent of time) bringing a sense of freedom and vitality that has been absent for some days since the chains of Kaal Sarpa began. This is a time of a dual sense of energy yet chains of responsibility are somewhat dragging on us within. It is the time of light emerging from the Central Star of our galaxy, that star known as Sagittarius A.

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Abhishiktananda

Dom Henri Le SauxOne of the best reasons for hope in the crisis through which at present the world is passing is certainly the growing interest shown by Western people in the East. Western man has in fact much to learn from the spiritual and cultural world of the East, which has evolved in ways very different from his own. Perhaps too it is only there that he will discover that inwardness which he so patently lacks and will recover that identity which seems to have escaped him – but this time an identity which will reveal to him the very depth of his own being. Abhishiktananada, Preface, Guru and Disciple.

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Lunar Eclipse and Full Moon July 2019

lunar eclipseThe Full Moon of Wednesday 17 July is immediately preceded by an eclipse which ends minutes before the Moon is 100% full; this conjunction we call a Super Full Moon. The eclipse maximum (in the Southern Hemisphere) is at 07:30:00 am; the full Moon is at 07:38:00 am. The Moon sets at 7:33:00 am, somewhat linking this to the experience of the recent solar eclipse in South America, when the Sun set immediately after eclipse totality. Compounding this situation is a preponderance of retrograde, sandhi and debilitated planets. As this is a time when people can be hurt by our thoughts, words and actions, it behooves us to be speaking softly and sweetly to one and all.

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