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I am the Maya half of Maya & Sage. I am the one who is prone to writing down flashes of what seem like insights and often turning those into songs or bhajans. I used to think I knew who I was, part of a married duo called Maya & Sage, Spirit Singers out to spread the energy of love and healing to the world. Now, I am seeing the possibilities of being even more than that. Many folks have asked us to write about our adventure into the unknown. To occasionally describe what our life is like with a saint guiding us to deeper truths. Our wish is to keep in touch. We will do our best to update you now and then and post the musings of Maya along the way. We hold you all close in our hearts and we are here if you need special prayers and healing. We are happy to practice the ancient ways as we learn to be healing lights in the world. Another way to keep up with our adventures and schedule is through our website.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Shirdi Sai Baba

Our task this week was to develop a closer relationship with Baba. We sang for 24 hours in the Baba Temple. We sang “Om Sai, Sri Sai, Jai Jai, Sai”. With every round of the mantra, I remembered that if you take one step toward the Divine, It takes nine steps toward you. The usual Arathi (the bringing in of the light that happens four times a day) took place while we sang. We had four groups that took turns doing two hour shifts. It was amazing! The digital pictures below show the many angels that graced us for the occasion (those are the round mandala-like light circles that indicate the angelic presence.) The angels obviously love the singing!

Oh yes, the relationship with Baba….When I first came to Penukonda, it was such a deep contemplation point. Who is this Baba? Why the statue? What does it mean? It is still a relationship that I am developing, but the beginning was extra confusing. Sri Kaleshwar mentioned during the recent Guru Purnima program that if we believe that Baba is here, he is here. It sounds like our deeper beliefs ARE powerful beyond measure. This is in alignment with many metaphysical teachings during this time. Swami says if we come and sit with Baba, we can make any bumpiness smooth and we can bless our entire family.

The relationship with Baba is personal. We each come closer to Baba in our own way. For me, I see the almighty cosmic One, in Baba. The One that is vast and all pervasive and the One that is as close as my heart beat. There IT is, sitting in the form of Baba in a beautiful setting, bathed and dressed with tender loving ritual each day, sung to each night, given the light and ceremony to bring it to life four times a day.

I used to wish I could pray more, really be present more to God, holding the hope and love of a better life and world for all, really holding it and pulling it into our planet. When I visit the Baba temple and stand or sit with others in prayer, I feel like I am doing this. I have time to remember everyone. I have special mantras and yantras to help each person according to their need. I am new, but I am ancient and I am remembering and learning to make use of the energy that is available to each one of us.

It comes with a price. As we purify, we release parts of ourselves that we have been hoping to purge for years and perhaps lifetimes. Strange sickness occurs…or as Laina calls it from the Native American tradition, “getting well”. It isn’t fun though. The first night of the 24 hour singing, I was supposed to lead group three with Sage and I was vomiting violently instead. I was able to make it over for the second and third round, but barely. I had to surrender to Divine Baba and the cleansing opportunity that was happening. Now Sage is coughing and living with a sore throat.

Swami said recently, “It is a big deal to open your soul!” I wish all of you great faith and patience as you open your soul and sweeten your own special relationship with Baba.

Faithfully yours,


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The group picture shows at least 13 angelic globes of light. The second picture is an enlargement of the bright mandala globe

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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Guru Purnima 2006 - Penukonda India

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We’re here! After several days of adventures in Bangalore including a wild all-day adventure with customs getting our cargo shipment, we arrived at the Divine Mystery Fort, the place we fell in love with four months ago. Because of this place and the master Sri Sai Kaleshwar, we decided to change our life and go for some deep soul work in India. As we sit here looking out from our apartment which was only a pile of bricks on the forth floor when we last saw it, we are amazed at the journey we have taken and all the steps along the way. We miss all our dear friends and family and yet we feel so close to you. It is as if your breath is riding on the STRONG winds that have been blowing through Penukonda since we arrived.

I used to be afraid of the wind, seriously afraid. As I hear her coming and the doors start banging, clothes on the clothesline start spinning and buckets of rain dump here and there, I notice that I am not scared. It feels exciting! It feels like a message. Nature is alive and singing her song.

Many people from all over the world came to celebrate Guru Purnima. Part of the pull is that most people have a Power spot that they need to connect with each year. The other important part is that it is the full moon of the Guru. It happens once a year. People bring special lays for the Baba Statue and many prayers are answered in wonderful ways for friends, family and the world. Sri Kaleshwar is the special agent and living saint who sets up special processes for various groups and many processes for the whole group in attendance.

I was surprised that there were fire pujas in the temple almost every day at 10:00AM They lasted almost two hours and ended with an Arathi. That is a ceremony of light that happens four times a day in the temple. Being crammed in with 300 people sitting on the floor with no space to move was very uncomfortable. I found my prayers going to just getting me through the puja. As I slipped into trance I found the time passed quickly and I could feel that what was going on there was important for my process.

The second day at the puja, I started crying immediately. I felt all the pain of the world and I was right there in front of Baba (along with 300 others) so I let the prayer be felt, flowing out, begging Baba to help us do something for this world of ours. Then I started feeling nauseas and dizzy, and then weak. I didn’t know if I could make it through. By the end, it was time to go around the fire three times and then the temple three times and I was a zombie. I wandered home and fell asleep for about two days. I had a high temperature, diarrhea and no energy. I couldn’t eat or go anywhere. I started taking Chinese medicines and Tylenol. As the days passed and others did their amazing processes I just slept.

The medical system here at the ashram is well organized for the program. Someone checks the health of each room everyday between 7:00 and 8:00AM. They have advice and medicines. On the third day, I started the green coconut diet. Sage went to get them for me. They are like a supernatural life line. I was able to digest the milk and my energy began to return. The Tylenol brought the fever down. Also, on the third day I was convinced by the old-timers that it was time to take the first stage of antibiotics. After avoiding these for three years, I knew it was best.

Life is all about surrender. Being able to surrender to whatever is happening and trusting all is well. I have missed processes that I wanted to be at. The last few days I have saved all my energy for one special time each day. Then it is western medicine to assure I can leave the nearby restroom for an hour or two.

Oh, on a more positive note, Sage became a strong part of the audio team immediately. He is setting up sound many times a day. It is quite an effort to get everyone to understand Swami and to video and record every talk so they can be translated into German and read again in English for the many others. The translations are read the next day after each talk during programs.

The Theme for this Guru Purnima was The Mother Womb Chakra/The Holy Womb Chakra and how to strengthen and use this holy energy source for each of us. I will write more about that when I can.

It has been so wonderful to have so many students of Jonathan and Alx here. There are ten of us. It feels like a strong protection circle. Diana, Tara, Lynn and I were putting on saris for the arrival of the Minister of Andhra Pradesh. It was funny trying to tie a long piece of red cloth on us and look as elegant as the Indian women look every day. We did turn into beauties and came back from the event soaking wet. The grand finale was a short but powerful storm. The locals were laughing so hard at us.

Diana was saying it seems like we have been here for a long time. So much happens in one day and each day is so different in spite of the routines of Abeshek at 5:00AM, the three Arathis’, and the three meals a day. It is a fascinating experience.

By the way, Sage and I have been invited to lead a couple of bhajans sometime and the evening devotional singing is quite Divine although sometimes cut short or cancelled because of the mysterious way things go at the Divine Mystery Fort.

That’s it from this side of the globe. Blessings, peace, and big huge love.