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Thursday, November 29, 2012

A 4 year old boy asked me the other day...

A 4 year old boy asked me the other day :"Ms, Lena, Do you know that God is in everything? Even in my sock?" I said: "Yes, dear, I realize that now." He said:" I keep wondering how I am not smashing God when I put my sock on?"...

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Gratitude or Being Like Santa!

I talked the other day with a caring person who feels that there is no gratitude towards his actions from his family but at the same time he felt that the family was grateful to God.
I thought to myself that if the family felt grateful to God, they surely knew that even that person was a part of God and then how that person could be excluded from their gratitude circle?!
This talk left me with a feeling that everyone only sees what they are conditioned to see.  No one can really prove anything unless the other person's mind is programmed to see goodness in others.  Maybe one must have faith in others first and then he or she would be able to see that goodness in the world outside.  I was not able to convey that message in the conversation with that person.
I then  thought that kids often feel happy and grateful for no reason.  They do not really need a big proof that they are loved or cared for.   We also do not need much from them,  right?  Just a smile or a hug and we are running around to do some more things for them.  I bet most of us do not run around with the thought that one day when they grow up we will give them an itemized bill for our actions.  By the way when parents do give a bill and say something like "I did so much for you and you...."  They often hear: "And who asked you to do all that?"  Legitimate question.  We also feel like kings while we are giving because we give not in a form of exchange  like "I am giving you $1 so please make sure you give me back at least $1".  We give like Santas.  We are their Santas.
I feel all giving should be like that then we will feel so rich and our life will have so much juice and joy! Maybe that is what the Bible means "Be like children.  Heaven belongs to them."
As for my lesson, another reminder that I have to start with myself.  Seeing God in others all the time is a great practice for me.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Art and Your Life

Even before one realizes that everything is Art, one can still look at art as an incredible tool that is  there for you throughout your whole life. The features and the benefits are different but the tool is still the same,  Amazing.
0 -7 y.o.- art is a way of exploring and enjoying everything.  Incredible brain development tool!
7 - 14 y.o. - still is an incredible tool for brain development but now a child creates his or her own tool box or skills that will be useful for the rest of their lives (learning resourcefulness  creating an open-minded personalities, ability to see a big picture, etc).
14 and up - self-therapy, breakthroughs, exploration of yourself, self realizations....

Why Nithyananda? He includes us all vs labeling and dividing....

I am so grateful for Nithyananda Ashrams and centers: 
"Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam is a public charity formed with an intention of propagating yoga and meditation worldwide. It is not a place of only Hindu worship but a Universal worship place, where people belonging to all religions, who participate in the yoga and meditation programs do meditation. "
They were under attack for this philosophy for a while but it is finally coming to an end. Thank God!
http://www.nithyananda.org/news/chennai-high-court-stops-hrce-entering-tiruvannamalai-ashram


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

How I met Swamiji or Paramahamsa Nithyananda

How did I meet Swamiji or Pramahamsa Nithyananda  
I was attending a "wizard" camp conducted by Peak Potentials Company.  It is a great camp to develop your intuition and learn about different life improving techniques.  It was in 2007, upstate New York, Catskill Mountains.
One day was dedicated to meditation.  The speaker had an impressive biography:  first person on the planet Earth who was a guide at the three extreme challenges: Mt. Everest, North and South Pole.
At that time I was going to the Buddhist Monastery every week, sometimes for lectures but most of the time to meditate.  Our Bodhi Monastery has a room  where monks meditate early in the morning and after that it is available and open for public.  The energy is great there.  I was new to meditation but I was able to sit for 2 hours in that room.  Amazing.
Anyway, his name was Martin Williams.  He started explaining how our mind worked and what chakras or energy centers of the body were.  We practiced meditations chosen by Paramahamsa Nithyananda for opening the chakras. I think we did four of them.  In the short time,  they were about 30 min long, I experienced a different depth in my meditation.  I really would not be able to give this experience justice by using words.  It was beyond words:  the presence, the lightness in the body, the peace and the clarity of the mind.  You get the idea.
Martin Williams was a very approachable, simple and warm person. There was also something distinctly different about him and the way he explained things.
I decided to introduce myself and ask my "burning" question.  I thanked him for the experience and then said : " I meditate regularly but the more I meditate and study, the more depressed I feel.  I feel that I am going to learn some spirituality now, then I will die and then  I will be reborn and the whole thing will start all over again!!!  I really do not want that!"  He laughed and said:"Oh, I see.  You want a shortcut to Enlightenment?"  I thought for a split second, laughed too and said : "Yes, exactly.  I want exactly that  I want a shortcut. I also want to get all these meditations and the book you have because it was a powerful. experience for me  Where did you learn all that?"  Martin said: "Well, go on youtube, watch my guru, his name is Nithyananda and see if he is for you.  As far as the meditations and the book, you can do them on your own. Let me give you my email address and if you have questions or need support please feel free to email me."
He was simple and smart and wanted to help!!!
I came home after the course and started reading the book.  Every word made sense and I was finding answers as if the book was written for me!  I did not want to bother Martin with further questions without first doing the practice so after I read the book I started doing meditations. The book is called "Guaranteed Solutions".   Please get one if you have not read it yet.  What a treat this book is!  It was the end of August.
In November I emailed Martin and said that I finished the book and have done all meditations on my own and ...Now what?
I soon got an email from him.  It said exactly this: "Swamiji is in LA now for inauguration of the Temple.  The energy is amazing.  Come."
I got the  tickets and flew to LA.
November 30, 2007.  I was sitting among other 300 people in the hall at the temple waiting for Swamiji.    Then everyone stood up and I saw a very tall, skinny figure in the orange robe.  He passed right by me and it felt like a dancing light breeze.  He started speaking.  Again I do not think I can describe that experience.  His sense of humor was superb and clarity and simplicity with which he spoke on a lot of complicated subjects were amazing.  But I was not able to enjoy fully!!!!   I felt so tired and was falling asleep that I could not even listen!  So you understand, I was always really active and evening house were never an issue for me and I just flew to listen to him!!!  It felt as if I was a tight tight spring that was let go.  All of a sudden there was no tightness and no need to be anything and my first feeling was that I had not slept for at least a thousand years.  He was making jokes about people who came to listen to Shiva Sutras and now these people could not even keep their eyes open.  I felt it was about me but I could do nothing.
We had a darshan at the end.  By the way, I had no idea what darshan was so when I saw a line I decided that I was not going to wait for whatever these people were waiting.  After all I had enough and it was time to sleep.  I decided to ask what the darshan was and although no one could explain they all behaved as if it was something I should not have missed.  I thought that it was all ridiculous but stood in line.  I judged a lot while standing in that line.  Some people seemed way too happy (at that time I was full of ideas of what was appropriate and what was too much.  So funny now to remember all that.  So difficult to live like that too.)
So I stood in line and finally I was in front of Swamiji for the first time.
I wanted to ask him 100000000 questions about the Universe and my life and how to learn a shortcut to enlightenment but I could not say a word.  Nothing would come out of my mouth.  During Darshan you also need to close the eyes unless Swamiji asks you to keep them open.  I had no idea so I was looking him straight in the eyes during my darshan and finally he said: "Close your eyes."   My time in front of him was disappearing,  his palm on my area of the third eye was hot.  I still felt  my burning questions but could not say a word.  Everything seemed too stupid to ask, not clear words or thoughts or whatever.  It was time for me to go and I stated walking away.  All of a sudden I heard a loud voice: "Ask."  It was Swamiji.   I looked at him and said: "I came for guidance".   I was not sure what I meant and where these words came from.  "Meditate", he said.   I thanked him and walked away.
Meditate!  That's it?!  Just meditate! - what a simple advice.  I needed some kind of long explanation which would also include some story of my life and it was just that "Meditate"...
Well,  I spent there another three days and these three days deserve a separate post.  I met my really special friend Bhakta Swami who was my and my daughter's help and guidance for at least half a year when he stayed in New York.  And as for Swamiji's advice.   When I look back at my journey of these 5 years so much has changed.
By the way,  I meditate now every day and it is very efficient (!),  I can sometimes get to such a peaceful state of mind so quickly   My practice deserves a different post too.   Too many awesome memories to share.
And Martin?  We met many times after that.  I learned that his spiritual name was Dheera (means courage).  He was our guide on a trip to Himalayan mountains, he was one of the leaders for a seven week program Living Enlightenment in Bidadi, India with Swamiji himself.   He even came as a guest speaker to Sparta  where I live.  Guess what? He stayed at my house!
It was great writing this post because I love to share as you probably guessed already and remembering these first experiences  brought so much joy to me.   Cool or cool?  Thank you for reading this, whoever you are!
To Be Continued:  I will later tell you how  the connection with him evolved and I have a post "My Guru and the Scandal" so you know how I felt about the scandal and 52 days of imprisonment for Him!


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

My new project: "Paint your breakthrough!"

I decided to start a podcast to share my ideas, maybe even create a movement to bring ART back to our schools - and not just any art but high quality art classes because no one needs another "paint by numbers" class!
I will be creating and sharing lesson plans, easy techniques that everyone can use at home for themselves or their children or maybe even start Art groups in their communities!
My gratitude to those of you who will support this idea by listening, sharing, requesting topics that you are curious about.   To give you an example, a friend of mine and a parent of my school (Have I ever mentioned I have an art and music school ,www.biryukovacademy.com, asked me what I thought about the so called "10,000 hours" rule.  I will do a podcast about that!
Please  forgive me if I speak too fast or too slow or whatever.  I have never done this before but I feel I have to share and maybe then someone who can do it outstandingly well will get inspired and the movement will start.  ART IS A VERY VERY POWERFUL THING!    I love this  quote by Paramahamsa Nithyananda: "God is an Artist not an engineer".
http://paintyourbreakthrough.podomatic.com/entry/2012-10-21T06_20_22-07_00
This podcast was approved on iTunes as well but it is registered as Elena Zelenina's show and I could not figure out how to change it to Paint Your Breakthrough yet.
Please feel free to leave me your comments or email me at lena.zelenina@gmail.com

Monday, November 5, 2012

Birthday Miracles.

My very first one was a message from Swamiji.  How awesome it was to get it?  VERY!  This is what it said:
"Hello ma. Nithyanandam to you forever. And wish you many more happy returns of this wonderful day ma. And each and every morning while wake up is the day of your birth ma. have a blissful day ma. Bye."
I love birthdays and there is that special urge to feel loved by Existence on that day.  Of course if every day is our birth day it gives us so many opportunities to feel that, right?
I started the day with puja and meditation.  I have a rose tree, by the name Miss Bliss.  I wrote about it last year.  Believe it or not, it had a rose for me for my birthday again this year and ...some unopen buds too! 
I took the rose and cut the branch with unopened buds to put the last ones in the water.  By the way, three days later my unopened bud opened up! 
My flower miracles this year also included fresh petunias.   It is the end of October the leaves are almost gone and those that are still on the trees have dark brown and yellow colors.  BUT!!! THERE ARE FRESH PINK PETUNIAS IN MY FLOWER BOX ON THE DECK.  In June of this year I planted petunias and gave these flowers healing.  I think they liked it because this flower box shines with fresh pink color as if it is June or July.  I used these flowers for my pooja.  
I can tell that I was overwhelmed with gratitude.  
My mediation was deep and very relaxing, I enjoyed being  thoughtless so much! it was such freedom and it was difficult to come out of it and I considered it another wonderful gift!
The rest of the day I felt such connection to the whole world through my birthday messages.   
Remember how when we are children, we often have friends who live on the same street so we invite them to our birthday?  Well, my birthday messages were coming from all over the world: From Moscow to China, Singapore and Switzerland, Canada and France.  I met a lot of these friends in India where this blog was born and our connection just became stronger over the years.
Now I feel connected to the whole world as if  there is a friendship grid that covers the planet and I am one of the dots or links on that  grid and it lights up and moves around and these energy waves of love and friendliness flow from one place to another.  "Happy Birthday from Switzeland!" "Happy Birhtday from New York"  "Happy Birthday from Moscow"  "Happy Birthday from India".
My spiritual family, my childhood friends and all freinds that I met throughout my life is a large, warm and awesome group of people.  
At night my friends took me out.  They also all turned into poets and artists when giving me gifts:  One friend wished me to have nirvana inside and ...a lotuses garden outside.  Another friend said that I am like a small universe that is beautiful and dynamic and in constant motion and instead of my usual response: "Oh, no, it is too much, I am nothing" I thought to myself that that is pretty cool to feel like a universe and be surrounded by other universes full of poetry. I even got a pair of earrings that one of them designed:  a long golden string with a round white perl.  And then I got a cup  that said :"All we need is Love..."
I WANT TO SAY THIS: IT IS TRUE.  LOVE IS ALL WE NEED!  LOVE IS ALL WE NEED TO GIVE OUT AND TAKE IN.