Thank you so much for all your positive energy last weekend, it was amazing and genuine experience which also make me feel more powerful. The level and amount of exercise was great too. -Sabina
I want to say that the retreat has done wonders for me, no back pains since that weekend. Thank-you Yazdan for sharing the information and for such a rich experience this past weekend. Cheers! -Anh
I had such a wonderful time at the retreat. I was really needing a holistic reset! Physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, and I found that under your gentle, loving guidance last weekend. I am so full of gratitude for having met you, and for such a heart warming and soul uplifting experience. So thank you. Thanks for putting a drum in my lap, including me in the final circle ceremony, and for your warm and loving energy. Be well. -Terri
Thanks for a wonderful weekend. I felt so blissful! -Kirsten
It was a wonderful experience, a great bunch .. the food, people .. nice to meet all & Yazdan you were inspiring & I learned so much! Truly a great time .. will definitely do it again. Many blessings! Thank you. -Anna
Thanks again for organizing such a wonderful retreat for us, I loved it! -Julie
Life changing. This retreat kicked off a huge leap forward in my spiritual and personal development ... a must to attend!!! I missed being in a learning environment. And it was so nice being able to talk to like minded people too. I really enjoyed swimming during silence by myself. Hope everyone is surviving life back in reality!! Missing my heart-mind fam. -Lauren
Had one of the most amazing times of my life and was in complete state of Nirvana big thanks to our instructor Yazdan. Thank you so much Yazdan you taught me so much. I feel blessed and very grateful. The lessons continue to be with me and I am practicing all that you have taught me. -Carla
Thank you so much for a wonderful retreat! It is something I will carry with me for a long time. You are a special person - and your light shines brightly!! -Cindy
Thank you so much for the wonderful retreat, I'm so happy you share your wisdom with others. It truly was a life-changing experience. Please thank your mom again for all the work she and her friend did this weekend in providing our amazing meals :)
Hope to see you again soon. -Antonette
Thank you very much for your time, your kindness and your wisdom. It was truly my pleasure to meet you. I have been going through a lot of emotional battles with my marriage and this retreat was truly needed. Along with working on my marriage, I really really need to learn to love myself - which has never been easy for me. I look forward to keeping in contact with you. Your messages of love are truly accepted. Please thank your mom and her friend again for feeding our bodies with the most delicious meals and for their kind and loving souls. -Alison
Thank you for the amazing retreat!! I so enjoyed every moment :) It was truly magical and uplifting. It was nourishment for the soul. You have given us such great teachings. Thank you for giving us so much. Much love and blessings, -Kristiina
I had the most wonderful time. It was truly inspiring and a blessing. Maybe one day we will cross paths again, perhaps at another retreat! Thank you Yazdan for all your efforts and sharing your knowledge, and thank you to your family for the most delicious meals. Love, -Kateryna
Thank you for guiding me out of my comfort zone and opening my heart. Blessed to spend such an experience with so many lovely beings. My heart is full, my muscles are sore, all is well. :) Nature, sharing, fire, drumming, connection, yoga/silence, exercise(!) ... meditating on how all of this can be a constant in life! Inspired by the retreat. Thank you Yazdan, your mom & her friend for nourishing our body, mind, & spirit!. Blessed <3 -Jen
It was such an amazing experience. I have taken so much of this experience back home with me. Thank you Yazden and your family for all the good food and knowledge. I will definitely be incorporating more meditation and changes to diet. -Leah
It was such an amazing experience, learned a lot of things and will definitely incorporate them in my life. I truly feel rejuvenate and really thankful of Yazden to make this happen. Special thanks to his family for great food as well. Hope to see you in the near future and wish you best of luck. Peace, -Zohreh
"Yazdan is a great spiritual teacher." The knowledge i gain i will treasure and continue to practice. I loved everything. The food, facility, the environment. I recommend this retreat to 6 of my co-works. I want to thank Yazdan for all his wisdom he has teach us. I thank you also for all the advise you have given me and i will continue to practice my meditation. I also like to thank Yazdan family for the wonderful meals that was provided for us. I really appreciate all the special meal that was provided for me. -Neila
"Must do!" It was a life changing experience. It was a wonderful time away with like minded people who wanted to reset and recharge. It changes your outlook on life and helps you to change and become a kinder, more grounded being. The Instructor was fabulous. He was encouraging, uplifting and very knowledgeable. I had a very eye opening experience. I came back feeling calm and at peace after a long dark year. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for such a life changing experience that I hope to continue and pass on to others. -Laura
It was an amazing experience indeed. Thank you Yazdan and your family. I was blessed to be in a company of beautiful like minded individuals. Sending out blessings to all you! -Albert
Bliss, Openings, Forgiveness, Meditations, Emotions, Realizations, Tears, Laughter, Sweat, Re-Connecting with Mother Nature ... I Hope to continue this ripple effect of compassion, forgiveness, unconditional love, understanding, fueling your body, your mind and soul. Thank you x Godzillion Yazdan Raees, my dear friend (who led as our friend), thank you for sharing your wisdom, your incredible vibration & energy, your compassion and love and that addictive laugh and voice, which carried on through us all. Our flames have been eternally lit. Never stop beating that drum my friend! “Sacred human I am...”. Very motivational and uplifting to share the vibration with you. I'm grateful for your kindness, open heart and mind. To all my brothers and Sistah’s, that shared their energy and space with us, I sincerely thank you for being that change in this world. Very appreciative - I miss it all tremendously! I would highly recommend for everyone to experience something like this in their lifetime, at least once.️ Lots of love! -Natasha
Thank you Yazdan for a life changing retreat. -Ramsey
I had an amazing time and feel fantastic. It was so nice to meet you and your mother. What beautiful people you are. Barb and I both thoroughly enjoyed our time. I look foreword to meeting with you again for another retreat. -Kristina
Thank you Yazdan for bringing us all together and nourishing our souls. Blessed to have met all. ️This retreat was an eye opening experience and it really confirmed many things I've always known deep inside. Hope to cross paths with everyone again. From my heart to yours ️please thank your mom for bringing you into this world and raising such a beautiful soul; also for nourishing our bodies with such amazing food. -Maja
I liked that everyone had an opportunity to introduce themselves and share. The exercises were powerful and facilitated an indescribably profound release. They broke through very deep levels of physical, mental and emotional blocks. The information was very good and useful. The food was the most delicious. It was an honor to sit with you. I loved the meditations very much. Facility was great. All of the retreat was wonderful. Meditations and loving-kindness were my favorite. You are wonderful and we are so blessed to have you on our planet. Thank you. -Tijana
What a blessing to have met you Yazdan and been taught and educated by you! I learned and grew so much in those days! Grateful for meeting all the beautiful souls! Thank you everyone for sharing your love and kindness! What an amazing experience and growth for all of us! So much release! So much love! Thank you. -Tanja
Thanks so much for the wonderful weekend. I really enjoyed all that we did and everything you taught. Food and accommodations were nice and I hope to come to another one soon :) My biggest takeaway - "awareness of the breathe" :D ! I hear your voice in my head when i go for my run or when I'm feeling challenged In the moment. Thank you for this piece of gold I will treasure on this journey. -Ainsley
Lovely. I enjoyed the introduction and closing circle very much. Yazdan was an amazing teacher. He knew just when to push a little in such an encouraging way. He made it easy to believe I could do more, and I did. He made this retreat so valuable. The workshops were great. I absolutely LOVED the periods of silence. Gave me time to reflect, and sit quietly and enjoy nature without all the chatter. The meals were so great. The breakfasts left me so energized for the day. Beautiful meditations. Especially the morning one, before yoga. Well done. The facility and accommodations were just splendid. My favorite part of the retreat.. tough call, as it was all so enjoyable: The workshops being held outdoors, and the running on the cool grass in the morning was fabulous. The balance was perfect. There was enough time after lunch to rest and regenerate for the afternoon's activities. I will come again next year. I wrote lovely reviews everywhere I could. I can’t wait until next year. Thank you, truly, for everyone’s hard work for making this so amazing. Thank you Yazdan, he made this retreat just incredible.
I swam in a pond, hiked in a forest, finally learned how to meditate properly, did yoga every morning, participated in Ayurveda and yogic philosophy workshops, painted, played the drums and didgeridoo, and ate amazing raw plant-based meals from a gourmet chef. I highly recommend these retreats! You should go!! I'm feeling really calm, clear, and restored.
The atmosphere that Yaz has created is great. He was able to control the atmosphere of being silent, generate discussions, and introduce jokes and laughter during the retreat. The location was beautiful. The food was spectacular, the chef put a lot of heart to creating each dish. -Rachel
An awesome experience!
The exercise was great. I enjoyed the workshops and info provided. The silence was a great experience for me. It was a great way to connect with your own self. The meals were amazing! ! Every single meal and items were so flavorful. I do eat a lot of vegetables and fruits but they never tested like the meals we had. I didn't even miss dairy and cooked food. I ate enough for 1 week in 3 days! I am a vegetarian but now I am inspired to be a vegan and eat more raw meals. The meditation was so wonderful part of the retreat. It was so peaceful for the mind and soul. I was amazed by my progress in meditation each time. Drumming by the fire was a great relaxing time and chanting mantra that I was very familiar with. Great atmosphere, clean and peaceful. Overall, it was a great experience.
I loved both opening and closing circles. I felt a great sense of honesty and open-mindedness in the opening circle and a great connection and well being in the closing circle. I loved the exercises outside. The workshops were interesting, inspiring and very well explained. I absolutely loved the food, the amount of care and craftsmanship put into the preparation of the meals was astounding. Meditations very well guided and timely. The workshop of direct knowledge and meditation outside, swimming in the pond and the silence period were my favorites. It was perfectly balanced. Thank you for the incredible experience, It has planted a seed that I’m determined to grow more. I feel profoundly inspired by your willingness to share your knowledge and consciousness to other people.
Here I am under the stars,
Away from the city with the noisy cars,
Observing the Motherland.
Hello God, are you out there?
Over that hill, or behind me, where?
I feel you close at hand.
Neither here nor there, but everywhere
My mind is roiling like the air,
As God inhales my soul.
Now inside an omnipotent being,
a what, A What? What am I seeing?
Mysteries of ages old.
The stars descend as night unfolds,
This infinite knowledge I now behold,
Too much for me to bear.
Please stop the searing pain,
My knees will buckle under the strain,
I am breathing here in Gods lair.
Now I sit in the eye of the storm,
I feel as though I am newly born,
The pain has cleared my mind.
I reach out a hand to another,
Mystified, we'll share together
The answers which we shall find.
Words of wisdom have failed me now
All coherent thought has left me
An omnipotent power envelopes my being
A power so great
It comforts the weak,
Not only the strong
My mind and body,
My heart and soul
Are all in harmony
In the Presence of Love
If you are happy
If you are joyus
If you are blissfull
Celebrate with me
In the presence of love
If you are hurt
If you are sad
If you are alone
I will stand by your side
If you will stand by mine
In the Presence of Love
If you are thankful
If you are grateful
If you are humble
The world is yours
In the Presence of Love
If you are sick
If you are ill
If your time has come
And Yamaraja arrives at your door
Memories of you shall live on
In the Presence of Love
Cry with me
Weep with me
Mourn with me
Smile with me
Laugh with me
Rejoice with me
In the presence of Love
Join me in the presence of Love
"Love is that flame which when blazed
All else burns but the beloved
Decay other than truth, run the negation blade
Observe after the negation, what has remaind
The first and the last one, that is
Other than the lies of sensed moods, see nothing
Despite its image, I wonder of its beauty
In absence of life, motionless is the body
When there are pores in life, that body
Does not get well, even raped in honey
This, one knows that one day was alive
Underneath the life of life took a verity cup" 
عشق آن شعلهست کو چون بر فروخت
هرچه جز معشوق باقی جمله سوخت
تیغِ لا در قتل غیر حق براند
در نگر زان پس که بعد لا چه ماند
خود همو بود آخرین و اولین
شرک جز از دیدهی احول مبین
ای عجب حسنی بود جز عکس آن
نیست تن را جنبشی از غیر جان
آن تنی را که بود در جان خلل
خوش نگردد گر بگیری در عسل
این کسی داند که روزی زنده بود
از کف این جان جان جامی ربود
 Yazdan's translation
To celebrate my birthday, is to be aware that I am one year closer to the grave and to the end of my experience with a world filled with fear, animosity, and violence. The world in which millions of my species are suffering from severe depression, anxiety, heart disease, tumors, cancer and many other chronic diseases. More than one billion children and one billion women worldwide experience physical, emotional, and sexual violence in their life times. War, violence, and persecution leave millions of human refugees, internally displaced, or seeking asylum. Every single day there is a new wave of violence rising from this defected, anxious, testosterone driven world. We cannot escape harming ourselves, and at best, we cling to insignificant glimpses of freedom if not relief to escape feeling. Feeling this self-destructive and polluted world, the birth place of sicker and more senseless generations to come.
Where at least 150 billion animals are slaughtered every year, not including 1 trillion to 2.8 trillion fish we kill a year. Compare this volume against the total number of humans that have ever existed on earth, which is only 107.6 billion. We destroy by the vibrations we create, repeating the mantra of lack of self-esteem, lack of respect, violence, disease, decay and devolution.
Decreased water quality, increased pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, depleted natural resources, and global climate change are the direct result of our activities. The loss of arctic sea ice is, at the very least, 70 percent man-made. Climate change is up to 95 percent human-induced! We are facilitating the extinction of many species that live on our planet. Only 767 of 3,528 mammal populations still exist in Brazil’s Amazon rain-forest, which was once known for its biodiversity. Other species facing extinction include jaguars, lowland tapirs, woolly spider monkeys and giant anteaters. Sixty-seven percent of deaths among whales could be blamed on humans. Coral reefs around the world, which create a habitat for a quarter of marine wildlife, are severely endangered after steady decline over the past few decades. In fact, coral reefs in Southeast Asia could disappear in this century.
Raising animals for food requires massive amounts of land, food, energy, and water and causes immense animal suffering. Livestock production is one of the major causes of the world’s most pressing environmental problems, including global warming, land degradation, air and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity. Every second, 1-2 acres of rainforest are cleared for grazing livestock or growing animal feed. To support the livestock industry, a small group of “commodity” crops have taken up the majority of the world’s agricultural land. Corn, wheat, rice, and soybeans are planted at unprecedented rate, yet only a small percentage of these crops feed people. Currently, livestock covers 45 percent of the Earth’s total land, which leads to one-third of land becoming desertified, meaning the land is chronically degraded due to lack of nutrients and carbon and water absorption. Up to 137 plant, animal and insect species are lost every day. Within the Amazon rainforest, home for at least 10 percent of the world’s known biodiversity, 91 percent of deforestation is caused by livestock. Industrial agriculture uses 70 percent of the planet's fresh water. Synthetic fertilizers and pesticides are derived from petroleum and the majority of crops grown with the use of these chemicals are turned into animals feed. Water polluted with agricultural run-off can destroy whole ecosystems and is toxic, if not lethal, to humans and animals alike. Bees, bats, amphibians and other beneficial species are dying off, and their declines are linked to pesticide exposure. Pesticide exposure can increase risks of cancer, autoimmune disease (e.g., diabetes, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma), non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Parkinson's disease and more, with children being at higher risk. Further, a staggering 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture (livestock and their by-products).
This is what we are doing to ourselves, to each other, to our Earth and to its creatures, its children. How much more greed and craving is going to feed this chronic inflammation and contaminated mind? How long more truth is repressed by the frequencies of fear, self-centeredness and violence we project? To come out of this massive suicidal behavior and destructive cycle, empathy is necessary to combat the worst effects of this descent.
The commercialization of yoga is not a new phenomenon. There has been a long legacy of ‘watering-down’ yoga’s primary ethical teachings, and of propagandizing a blind belief in practices like extreme austerity, embedded in a promise of some kind of extraordinary experience.
There have also always been practitioners who, due to their own inadequate training and practice, were not able to enter the realm of non-discrimination. Their inability to penetrate the deep conditioning of their own minds has fomented a proliferation and commercialization of yogic texts that oversimplify the work of liberation. Though highly appreciated by modern yoga, these non-discerning belief complexes function to obscure what is actual, adequate, ethical, rational and true, in the work of growing and being in harmony with nature. The emotional repression and bypassing that is common Pop-yoga practice clarifies its fundamental inability to foster intelligent growth.
Practitioners who dwell only in physical realms, or only in mental realms, or who pursue momentary pleasures, and are thus unable to sustain right concentration, cannot completely eradicate their own patterns of ignorance. With their minds in perpetual disequilibrium, they remain in bondage, trapped in self-reinforcing cycles of conditioning that actually create deeper and stronger patterns of ignorance. Meanwhile, attachment to the illusion of some sort of exorcism, godly absorption, or holy progress can overpower their unconscious minds, shaping them into bundles of misery and addiction.
Intense bodily disintegration, accompanied simultaneously by any expectation or yearning for some sort of a juicy, delicious experience, cannot possibly engender non-discrimination. Such expectation and yearning is rather the embodiment of ignorance, and a prison of eternal suffering. Indeed, physical bodily experiences, when bound up in desire, are nothing but an abuse of physical energy, and a waste of great opportunities to develop clear perception and intelligence. As a result of modernity’s deep penetration into our lives, this pattern is visible in almost all of our interactions with the world, from the way we eat, to the way we relate to one another and to the earth, to the way we perceive, understand, define, and describe ourselves.
As it neglects and downplays core features of the ancient wisdom and practices at yoga’s heart, commercialized yoga will always fail to bring into being the true depth of yoga’s promise and potential, leaving ultimate peace, harmony, vitality, freedom, joy, tranquility, equilibrium, health, awakening, wisdom, universality, mental clarity, emotional strength, and many other states perpetually out of reach, except on the most superficial and mostly artificial level.
Today, however, cracks are beginning to show in this shallow, commercialized yoga, foretelling the beginning of a new era for yoga, one that returns to the core of these teachings. As it acknowledges and appreciates responsibility, relationship, universality, and authenticity, in the truest sense of these ideals, this new era may be defined by a truly holistic approach, embodied within right methods for individual transformation and the empowerment of human intelligence.
As individual consciousness continues to evolve, the collective consciousness evolves in unison; awakening becomes more and more natural within an awakening community and society. Though this process may seem slow, there have always been and will always be enlightened teachers, who protect and nurture the ancient teachings and insights, in order to bring their students and societies into ever greater alignment with nature, and to empower the next generation of practitioners to discern and respect the deepest laws of nature.
In this way, the process of enlightenment and liberation may be lived in their fullness, freed from endless patterns of pleasure seeking and suffering.
Yazdan Raees & Brandon Bertram
I am a finger pointing to the moon. Don't look at me; look at the moon.
Do you know where the problem starts? The problem starts where we create this image. This imaginary image, a fantasy, a wonderland about life and everything in it including our self. Then we assume that we are the prince or the princess if not the king or the queen of this wonderland, this self-created fantasy. We keep on living and building this illusion every day. Everything that polishes this imaginary image, these glorious stories of the self, this wonderland and the beliefs and dogmas upon which this fantasy is based makes the prince and princess so happy, so joyful. There is such an attachment to this image that we suffer so much when we come across events, acts or speeches that do not serve our fantasy, our belief system. When they do not serve or are not in the favour of our self-centred wonderland or the tradition and cult we have devotion for we become so tense, so agitated! As though they do not bring offerings to the prince or the princess!
But the story does not end here! One does not keep his or her misery limited to oneself. S/he keeps on throwing it on others. Wanting everyone to accept this imaginary image to believe this fantasy and to live according to the rules! One says, “everyone must act in a way that my tradition says so, my belief system says so, my Guru says so! In a way that I want my imaginary image to be, everyone must be in a way that I want my fantasy to be!” And one spends so much time and energy to prove how his or her way of thinking is right and everyone else is wrong, his or her beliefs are right and everyone else is wrong. One keeps on fighting, writing books, giving speeches, debates for life to convert people into his or her religion, cult, tradition, belief system or fan club! Most of the time it is not even enough to agree with an opinion but you must become a member and pay a membership fee! A friend of mine recounted a conversation he had once overheard on a public bus; a young girl sat next to a lady on the bus and asked her if she believes in Jesus, and if she goes to Church. The lady replied, “yes, I go to the church every Sunday”. The young girl then went to trying to convince the lady to go to her church. Having the same religion like her or doing the same ritual was not enough, it had to be her church only! MINE is more important! As if there is a difference between the heaven that has been promised to the people of this church than the heaven that has been promised to others!
There is a seal on the heart, there is a seal on the tongue, there is a seal on the ears. We cannot say, but I wish we could hear!
Some of us are so attached to our image that we become so angry, ready to even harm. And there is no better excuse to harm someone than in the name of serving and protecting a particular sect, a particular belief, particular religion or tradition. Unfortunately, these self-centred stories cannot make a society and a planet better than the chaos we have already created. To be able to live a harmonious life, a liberated life, we must shatter this image! We must understand that we are nothing but the manifestation of the whole, manifestation of the nature in this form that lives 70, 80, 90 or 100 years and then passes away like everything else and becomes part of all things. Stories arise, stories pass away, images arise, images pass away. If existence is merely a vibration arising and passing, then it must be without essence. If all these manifestations are so empty in their nature, then why are we getting so high with the praise and so low with the blame? This is a great battle to win! This is a great realization!
I said all this and now I must address the experience beneath these impermanent manifestations that are not so easy to write about. Truly beyond mind, beyond matter, like the wind in the dawn blows gently, softly, lovingly. Like the sunrise and sunset that is complete in nature and colour. Filling the empty clay jug like the blue of the sky fills the empty space. Seeds of wisdom, insight, love and caring are planted in this fertile soil, in this empty being bound to experience real peace, real harmony, real happiness. We are bound to experience a liberated life, liberation from all the miseries. We are bound to serve each other with loving kindness to come out of pain and suffering.
Inspired by direct experiences of S.N. Goenka's teachings, Vipassana Meditation and Life.
One who is aware of the moment to moment mind and controls it in the deepest state, who tirelessly helps oneself and benefits other lives is a Yogi. Yogi may reincarnate in any plane of existence. Yogi may pursue any livelihood and go through ups and downs of life like any other human. Yogi may eventually adopt any religion or belief system, or may come across and follow any discipline that offers mastery over the mind, and partial experience s of truth. But when one hears the name of 'Yoga', one cannot resist. Yogi feels a deep pull from within. A pull beyond dogma or belief, beyond reasoning, sensual pleasure or profit seeking, beyond merely an intellectual understanding, socio-political dispute, ethical repression or blind devotion and far beyond stiff self-centred expressions. Like a lighthouse beyond the physical, psychological and esoteric realms, Yoga exists and Yogi is called forth towards it for survival. In every new life one may feel resistance because of one's own accumulated mental patterns. These patterns, arising from the parental, social, educational or religious perspectives, are a means by which one passes through the early stages of new lives to meet pain. Yogi will overcome these patterns gradually and continue the journey from where it last ended in the previous life.
Yoga is beyond anything that can be described, it cannot be achieved by one who is looking to master it and it cannot be learned by one who knows. It can only be experienced by the one who is empty of self, who becomes full with everything and stays empty. The driving force of creation which results in manifestation (becoming) is the impetus to ‘know’ while the nature of all phenomena is empty. Only one who is in love with truth finds the path to Yoga. There is no distinction between experiencing day to day life and Yoga. There is no distinction between the whole of existence and Yogic experience. Poison of Samsara is the poison of duality manifested as a cancer of modernity in our age. Yoga is refuge. It can take the suffering away and remedy this pain.
Only when the observer, the act of observing and the subject of observation become one you are beyond mind and matter. Because there is no separation there is truth and unity. Everything is vibration and the subtlest and purest of all vibrations is pure love. -By Yazdan Raees @ Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque | Esfehan - Iran
Journey to Inner Self - As you take this journey inwards decoding the metaphors, it becomes more and more clear that nature takes care of you, outside. Remember that man of truth you are when walking on the path not who you become at the end of the road. Whatever you are looking to become you already are. -By Yazdan Raees @ Peace Pagoda | Kathmandu - Nepal
With constant and honest observation of your breath, your posture and your feelings in each moment like now, become aware of the reality and existence. Accepting each and every experience as it is not as you want it to be. -By Yazdan Raees @ Durbar Square | Kathmandu - Nepal
Each particle in the universe, in and around you is made from four elements of Earth, Water, Air, Fire and their characteristics. The art that transforms the pain to love and the gross vibrations of earth element to the subtlest vibrations of light is pure alchemy. -By Yazdan Raees @ Eminonu | Istanbul - Turkey
Thoughts are the seeds; they grow to words and fruit in actions with countless seeds same as the first seed. Compassion is the best seed to plant in each moment. This is how selfless service, caring and love is the Art of living. Mothers, the first companions are the first artists. -By Yazdan Raees @ Spice Market | Istanbul - Turkey
"He who has faith will never get lost, my little angel. He who is at peace won't lost his way." Favorite Quotes from Bab 'Aziz. -By Soheyla Parviz @ Goa - India
The people of this world are like the three butterflies in front of a candle's flame. The first one went closer and said: I know about love. The second one touched the flame lightly with his wings and said: I know how love's fire can burn. The third one threw himself into the heart of the flame and was consumed. He alone knows what true love is. Favorite Quotes from Bab 'Aziz. -By Soheyla Parviz @ Arambol Beach | Goa - India
Rumi says, "All is the beloved and lover is the curtain, alive is the beloved and lifeless the lover." Life has a secret and that can be revealed by becoming aware of the continuous cycle of birth and death in each phenomenon in the nature, in and around you. -By Soheyla Parviz @ Cherai Beach | Kerala - India
An aware and balanced mind, a pure mind is required to walk on the path. To be able to go deep you need to practice within the framework of the body that is the inner world but the result can be seen in the parallel worlds: outer world around you and the metaphysic world after death. By Soheyla Parviz @ Arambol Beach | Goa - India
Beauty has the essence of Health, Strength, Purity and Freedom in it. This qualities if used in helping and serving others selflessly and compassionately multiplies and brings peace and harmony in the world. Having a Kind, Loving and Generous Heart is a god given gift. By Soheyla Parviz @ North of Iran
Watch for the evidences of transformation in the nature, in you and around you. You need to experience it by yourself. "Do not accept it because any book, anybody or any teacher said so. Develop your own wisdom and this only takes you to the final goal of full liberation. Be happy.. be peaceful.. be liberated.." S.N.Goenka. -By Soheyla Parviz @ Mysore | Karnataka - India
Everything in you and around is so impermanent and constantly changing. Arising, passing away, law of nature is such. Moment to moment becoming aware of now, experience this truth within and develop your own wisdom. -By Yazdan Raees @ Peace Pagoda | Pokhara - Nepal
Wise knows that everything is getting done by the nature; he becomes empty from himself so that the truth pours into him. He compassionately loves and selflessly serves and cares. He sees the light in every particle and keeps on sweeping the mirror within so that the light reflects. To become everything he becomes nothing. -By Yazdan Raees @ Korean Monastery | Lumbini - Nepal
This is what should be done
By one who is skilled in goodness,
And who knows the path of peace:
Let them be able and upright,
Straightforward and gentle in speech.
Humble and not conceited,
Contented and easily satisfied.
Unburdened with duties and frugal in their ways.
Peaceful and calm, and wise and skillful,
Not proud and demanding in nature.
Let them not do the slightest thing
That the wise would later reprove.
Wishing: In gladness and in saftey,
May all beings be at ease.
Whatever living beings there may be;
Whether they are weak or strong, omitting none,
The great or the mighty, medium, short or small,
The seen and the unseen,
Those living near and far away,
Those born and to-be-born,
May all beings be at ease!
Let none deceive another,
Or despise any being in any state.
Let none through anger or ill-will
Wish harm upon another.
Even as a mother protects with her life
Her child, her only child,
So with a boundless heart
Should one cherish all living beings:
Radiating kindness over the entire world
Spreading upwards to the skies,
And downwards to the depths;
Outwards and unbounded,
Freed from hatred and ill-will.
Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down
Free from drowsiness,
One should sustain this recollection.
This is said to be the sublime abiding.
By not holding to fixed views,
The pure-hearted one, having clarity of vision,
Being freed from all sense desires,
Is not born again into this world.