360 Mirrors of Wholeness:

 

 

Moima Ashram : The Shelter of Glory

where WHOLENESS is experienced at the speed of Thought and Image

as Sparks of Recognition [Pratyābhijna] or HOLINESS IN ACTION

 

 

- The word āshram (also āshrama, spelled आश्रम in Sansrit) comes from the Sanskrit root srama (श्रम) which means "to toil", the "ā" prefix indicates the negative, therefore āshram means "not to toil."

- It is a shelter or place where the body, mind, heart and soul do not toil but relax by connecting with the Source.

- Lao Tse has captured the āshram spirit when he wrote “The Master reaches everywhere without traveling, sees clearly without looking, accomplishes much without doing anything.”

- The path to this shelter is normally provided by the guidance of a guru or teacher. It has been said from time immemorial that when the student is ready, the teacher appears.

- The teacher’s higher vibrations and spiritual frequencies empower the student to acquire the habits or discipline required to connect with the Source – The Shelter of Glory or Moimāshram.

- St. Joseph’s Workshop at Moimāshram is a workshop with a difference where truth, trust and relationships are effortlessly connected with wholeness.

- Wholeness, represented by mandalas of Infinity, Intimacy and Integrity In-harmony with Impermanence, is Innocence. One realizes innocence by awakening, balancing or centering delight in Imperfection as Perfection [PFM Mirror 318  The 7 "P" Gospels].

- A mandala is represented by a circle or a center and stands for wholeness; the cosmos in miniature, a map of consciousness, a reflection of the soul; an instrument to unfold in a limited way the enfolded illimitable power [PFM Mirrors 177-185].

 

 

 

 

Moima: A Mandala of Recognition

[Coelho. 1993. Prismacolor drawing 36"x36"]

 

 

Moima in Konkani, the language of the Konkan region of India, or Ooteesh-bokh-ta in Aramaic, the language of Jesus of Nazareth, is usually translated as glory or delight in life-giving connection with passionate illumination leading to mystical union.

- The term 'glory' just does not quite evoke the deeper meaning of the kind of song that penetrates the very soul. A fire whose never-ending, regenerative and life-giving mysteries are simply astonishing. This is a phrase of passionate illumination, an orgasmic realization of God’s reality and presence coursing through our very bodies." Jon Marc Hammer in The Mystical Lord's Prayer (2000).

- Recognition of Wholeness or Pratyābhijna with the Breath of the Risen Christ as Holiness

is the mystical realization that I am the whole, Universe or God.

 Jesus was union with God, “The Father and I are one.”

is expansion beyond time into eternity and beyond space into infinity.

Jesus lived an expanded life, “before Abraham was, I am.”

is establishing a new balance between Earth and Heaven.

Jesus prayed “Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”

is the connection between physical wellbeing and emotional wellness.

Jesus said, “What is easier to say, your sins are forgiven you or take your bed and go home.”

is transformation or total acceptance as health, wealth and stealth.

Jesus declared “Has no one condemned you, neither will I.”

unfolds or enfolds existence as material and spiritual.

Jesus said to Satan “Not by bread alone, but by every word that flows from the mouth of God.”

is accepting every creature, every human being as part of me.

Jesus proclaimed “You did it to me.”

is enlightenment, living in the light as delight.

Jesus exclaimed “You are the light of the world.”

is compassion, being love, giving and forgiving.

Jesus said “Father forgive them, for they know not what they to.”

Mirror 346 in Pray for me: 360 Mirrors of Wholeness. 2016

 

- In Mandalas unfolding and enfolding both within and beyond life [1992-93] - my doctoral dissertation

A Trans-Epistemological Inquiry into Transformation [1994] - my interdisciplinary life-study below

I dwelt on recognition as pratyābhijna according to the Kaula School of Kashmiri Shaivism.

 

 

 

GLOSSARY

 [This is a preliminary unfolding of meanings mostly of Tantric and Sanskrit terms.

For a fuller and deeper understanding, please consult Index of Terms and Symbols. Pages 100-106]

 

ATMAN : a finite manifestation of the infinite, a creative center of the cosmic whole; the individuated self [jiva].

BINDU : a point circle; the 'drop' endowed with special potency; semen or male energy; the unity between male and female principles; the point of union between the manifest and the unmanifest, between the aspirant and the Divine.

BRAHMAN : the infinite; fullness-nothingness; the cosmic whole [mandala].

CAKRA : a center of psycho-spiritual energy in the human body.

COSMIC-CLOWN : the artist-poet and prophet-mystic who transcends paradoxes and balances with phenomenological humor.

FORMA MENTIS : 'mindset' in Latin; the rigid Roman Catholic rational frame instilled, learnt and acquired throughout the formative years and processes of religious and priestly training.

JAGADANANDA : eternal delight; the experience of the erotic explosion of energized and spiritualized matter; the world as the very expression of pure-I-consciousness -the experience of "akrtima-ahamkar vimarsa."

JIVANMUKTA : that integrated individual who has a free and happy access to the infinite; the incarnate, enlightened, resurrected and cosmic person.

KUNDALINI : the spiral of psycho-spiritual energy from the depths of one's being experienced as the process of expansion of consciousness.

LALI : 'divine radiance' as used by Kabirdas in his couplet in Hindi entitled "Lali mere Lalki."

LILA : the dance of the cosmos; the play of the gods; the dynamic love of the Divine actively engaged in the world; the luminous urge within oneself to fulfil one's role with supreme dedication to cosmic welfare.

MANDALA : a circle or a center, the whole; the cosmos in miniature, a map of consciousness, a reflection of the soul; an instrument to unfold in a limited way the enfolded illimitable power.

MANTRA/CRYSTAL : a very small but representative excerpt of large experiences which flow in harmony with the eternal sound and vision.

MOIMA : 'glory' in Konkani, the language of Goa; the mother of all my mandalas here-and-now; an integral, or synthetic, art form [36"x36"].

OM : the sound of eternal radiance.

PLEROMA : 'fullness' in Greek.

PRAKASA : absolute consciousness or the unchanging ontological ground of all appearing; the Divine Light of [reflexive] consciousness; Siva.

PRATYABHIJNA : recognition of one's real identity and the spiritual discipline to attain 'at-one-ment.'

PURNATA : at-one-ment, fullness, communion or integration at the psychic, cosmic and existential levels.

RELIGIO : 'religion' in Latin; the process of linking [delinking-relinking: evolution-involution: unfolding-enfolding] the finite with the infinite or the historical with the eternal; Christ-consciousness as a creative leap into coherence, the magic synthesis of recognition, or happiness.

SAKTI : the feminine energy; the principle of historicity and change.

SANTI : peace, the luminous urge within oneself to fulfil one's role in the cosmic drama to the best of one's ability and in a spirit of supreme dedication to cosmic welfare.

SIVA : the masculine energy; the principle of eternity and transcendence.

SPANDA : vibration unfolding-enfolding, symbolises the active participation of the infinite in the finite as the process of its transformation into the finite and the reconversion of the finite into the infinite.

SUNYATA : nothingness.

TANTRA : the celebration of expansion to fullness of life through at-one-ment, or communion; the methodology leading to a one-pointedness and centeredness which help to free the consciousness from limitations.

VIMARSA : the creative awareness of its own Being; the reflective awareness the Divine Light has of its own nature; Sakti.

VIVA : 'cheers' or 'long life' in Portuguese; the mandala at the center of Moima.

XĀNTI or SANTI : Peace, Pax in Latin, Shalom in Hebrew, Salam in Urdu.

YANTRA : an instrument of tantric expansion centered around and representing a particular deity.

YIN-YANG : a Taoist principle which highlights the relationship of opposing forces which are mutually necessary to one another.

YOGA : 'jugum' in Latin and corresponds to the 'yoke' in English, to be united or to experience communion or fullness, union of body, mind and spirit.

 

   

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