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Pranams To Our Guru's
We honor our teachers, their hard work, service, devotion, and inspiration. We recognize the Teacher in all things, and within Ourself. A Guru can come in any form, an animal, plant, person, group, experience, and the inner most Self. The ones that challenge us the most are our greatest teachers.
" OM bolo satguru Bhagavan ki!"
We honor our unique relationship with water.
Pranam to Marie Laveau, Goddess of Bayou Saint John, and the Spirits of New Orleans. Photo taken by John Friend on Dios de los Muertos and All Saints 2009.
The translation of "Guru" is "the weighy one". They are the ones that will extract our disconnect, and bring it to the tactile surface, so that we begin to appreciate, and to lighten up.
Sharon Gannon at Swan River with her southern Jivamukti crew.
Ram Dass Maui 2007. Be Here Now.
John Friend; Founder of Anusara Yoga and Ram Dass. Maui 2009
Who Dat! John Friend the Sorcerer and The Saints. The Year we won the Super Bowl.
An Iroquois Prayer
We return thanks to our mother, the earth, with sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters,the beans and squash, which give us life. We return thanks to the bushes and trees, which provide us with fruit.
We return thanks to the wind, which,moving the air, has banished diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and the stars, which have given us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to our grandfather He-no, who has given to us his rain.
We return thanks to the sun, that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit, in whom is embodied all goodness, and who directs all things for the good of the children.
Geshe Michael Roach, Lama Christie McNally Bahamas Sivananda Ashram 2009
Saraswati, our Iccha Devi in New Orleans.
"Guru is “the remover of ignorance.” (G-U-R-U... Gee, you are you!) To experience and listen to the teacher within, accept an outer teacher within your life, one that pulls you out of your reality and invites you to move beyond your boundaries. A good teacher will invite you to re-member your in-dependent. nature. A good teacher will never tell you that they are your teacher, nor will they attach to you or the duration of your relationship, yet they will always be there for you no matter what is happening in your life. A good teacher is secretly praying for you all the time, and provoking your Highest Self to appear. Don’t waste time! It is a Divine relationship that is solely up to you. When a student ﬁnds a teacher, it is a tremendous blessing of good karma and hard work in many life times. Celebrate this. When a student openly accepts a teacher, they are accepting their own Master within. A good teacher is very contagious and can accelerate your evolution toward Self-Mastery. They also love you more than you know."
Sacred Chants for Illuminating Consciousness by Michele Baker
Neem Karoli Baba Ashram. Taos, New Mexico 2010
Michael Franti and Spearhead. House of Blues 2006
Sivananda Kristina Chaoi
We bow to our sacred relationship with water here in our Gulf Region, and all of the kingdoms, plants, elements, minerals, mammels, and all wild animals, including humans, and ancestors past, present, future.