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Eden green

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We’ve forsaken Eden's green For motorways and gasoline By our actions will we be seen With you I want to walk. We’ve forsaken this good land Where children worked hand in hand Lost we turned from nature's plan With you we shall return,
We’ve forsaken what was given Forest green and valley riven No longer to our hearts we listen Heal with me my friend?




This land is our Mother fair Nurtures us with love and care Our dependency we should repair Before the times too late. Through dark times the sun will shine Light the way back to the divine Emerge beyond our own demise To a land that we once knew. So walk with us beloved friend Divert from a bitter end With love's message we can transcend Find the better way.

Sun Wheel - Brigid's Cross

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On a rainy Tuesday, I decided to renew our Brigid's cross. Traditionally, in Ireland, this is done on the first of February. Here in Sweden, the season is a little less advanced and the snows have not long gone. Above you can see the rush growing next to a small stream and the harvested rushes ready to be brought home and weaved.
This particular form of woven reed cross is Irish in origin. It is called a St Brigid's cross after a 5th-century nun, but its origins almost certainly predate Christianity. That three armed crosses are also known alludes to its ancient roots.

The crosses are created by folding reeds in half and weaving them at right angles to the previous one. Traditionally they are made in as spring returns and are associated with purification and protection, prosperity and blessings. 
In pagan Ireland, the great Goddess Brigid, a member of the Tuatha-de-Danann, or Tribe of the Goddess Danann, was celebrated as the Goddess of Spring, dawn and the returning light.  Th…

Kombucha

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The Kombucha fermenting is going exceptionally well with the last batch being very fizzy and tasty. We are expanding how much we are making and trying some different varieties.

The scoby was split into two pieces and each will grow again to become a new whole. We will bottle some and do a double fermentation, this time with some fresh ginger.


 We found some cheap five-liter glass dispenser jars that are ideal for the kombucha and more effective than the bowl style jar we were using before. The taps will reduce any chance of cross-contamination and are much better suited than using a ladle to get kombucha out of the jar as we have done previously.

A Vedic Journey To Meet Natures Hidden Teachers - Apple

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Apple (Malus pumila)
Apple trees drilled neatly in lines on a sunny hillside full of pinkish white blooms are a pleasing sight in the countryside. The apple tree has lived alongside us and shared our lives for as long as there have been people to cultivate them. We are, for obvious reasons, naturally drawn to fruit trees i.e: the need for food. We have planted, cared for, pruned and harvested them wherever we have settled. Unfortunately, in more recent times we have genetically modified them, and what a great loss this has been to natural diversity.
 The domesticated apple tree and its wild cousin that we refer to as "crab" apple are small to medium-sized trees. They produce the well-known fruit after the attractive five-petaled flowers have been pollinated. 
There is a characteristic of the apple tree which has led to a wide diversity of farming methods. This is the trees ability to be "grafted", which revolutionized the different strains and varieties of fruit avail…

Recovering From Addiction

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I am an addict. I've been so most of my life. From a young age up to the present day, there is a tendency in me to abuse my senses in every possible way. From sugar and food to drugs, alcohol and destructive emotions, I've struggled with addiction as long as I can remember.

I think most people are addicted to something, in one way or another, whether it be to the more obvious and destructive things that we associate with addiction; alcohol and drugs, sex, gambling, and violence, to the more subtle addictions like behavior patterns or over-eating.

source; pixabay.com

My addictive tendency has come from a feeling of pain and emptiness. There has been, in my life, a need to fill up the emotional void inside of me where there should have been feelings of love, connectedness, and higher purpose. Yet, at least those of us who have gone through conventional education and shaping by popular culture, we are taught the very opposite principles. We are taught that we don't really matter…

Catch up

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The garden of Gaura Nitai is growing well, the seeds are sprouting en masse. We planted some cress seeds behind the main stone seat and in the front corners of the altar, they sprouted within a day or two. Some of the willows look like they will not grow whilst others look like they are taking root. If they do not grow then I will plant some climbing plants to grow over the trellis to create a similar effect.



The kombucha was tasty and refreshing. I separated and bottled the gallon that we made last week. Two of the jars got pieces of grapefruit to flavour the kombucha and help add some extra fizz.  I also started a second batch of Kombucha using some of the old and the same recipe as previously. Next time I plan to try out black tea. 



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Creating Mandalas

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 Mandalas - Finding Centre 
Greetings! I love art that is shifting. Art that is for a brief moment in time and then gone.
I have always been captivated by artists that comb out pictures on a sandy beach only for the breaking waves to wash it away hours later, by street artists on their knees chalking out some beautiful picture with dusty hands on city pavements. I'm captivated by the painstakingly intricate sand mandalas of Buddhist monks, or by the beautifully sweet Kolams made by the housewivesof southern India. All of these things inspired me to make my own humble mandalas and nature offerings.
Celebrating the whole...

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On this blog, we explore Vedic culture and ancient wisdom from around the world. Together we will find ways to cultivate some peace and wholeness in a hectic modern life. 
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A Vedic Journey To Meet Natures Hidden Teachers - Yew

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Yew (Taxus Baccata) 



"The Blessed Lord said: There is a banyan tree which has its roots upward and its branches down and whose leaves are the Vedic hymns. One who knows this tree is the knower of the Vedas." (Bhagavad Gita, 15:1)
Yews have held a fascination for me since a very young age. The very aura around this tree conjures the imagination and feelings of awe. Something of the infinite seems to reach out and touch you when standing under the boughs of a venerable and aged yew. It is this tree that sparked my lifelong love of trees.

Making Kombucha

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But it is I who am the ritual, I the sacrifice, the offering to the ancestors, the healing herb, the transcendental chant. I am the butter and the fire and the offering. (Bhagavad Gita 9:16)

Kantara-Vasini

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In the grey light of cold dawn

Creating An Altar Garden

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Gaura Gaura How Does Your Garden Grow?

I had been contemplating building a willow den for our deities for sometime, but was unsure how to incorporate it into our Altar. When my wife suggested building an Altar garden the lights went on. This section of the blog will follow the progress of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai’s new garden of Divine Love.

Unfortunately, I did not photograph the construction progress, but built a simple box planter made from scrap wood we had in the garden.
Here is Gaura Nitai  and Giriraj looking happy in their new home.
Willow is a tree that is easy to propagate from cuttings. Generally it will take root directly in soil as long as the soil remains damp enough. Willow loves water! With care and plenty of regular pruning the willow will become established. This structure should grow into a living devotional Kunj. We planted marigold so as the summer progresses there will be a constant supply of fragrant flowers to offer at the Lotus Feet.

A Vedic Journey To Meet Natures Hidden Teachers - Tulsi

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Tulasi - Ocimum tenuiflorum/sanctum
My favorite tree personality Srimati Tulasi devi!
Of all the plant teachers and sacred trees in this series Vrinda Devi is the most important for those of us practising spiritual life. All of our nonsense and sinful activities can be removed by her association, or even by touching her… thankfully for us this is a gracefully simple act to achieve!!

A Vedic Journey To Meet Natures Hidden Teachers - Birch

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Ravīndra-svarūpa: The plants have more consciousness, manifest consciousness, than aquatics? Prabhupāda: Huh? Ravīndra-svarūpa: That plants and grass, they are more conscious than aquatics. Prabhupāda: Yes. That is also mentioned in the Bhāgavata, about different animals, how they are conscious, developed. Svarūpa Dāmodara: In the Bhāgavata, in the later chapters, Śrīla Prabhupāda? Not up to the present Fourth Canto that... Prabhupāda: Fourth Canto there is, how one animal is more conscious than the other. Ravīndra-svarūpa: Yes. Devotee: Prabhupāda, did you say that trees have the ability to see and hear in the Bhāgavatam? Prabhupāda: Yes.


Birch / Björk(Betula)   If the Oak is king of the forest then the Birch is certainly Queen, especially here in Sweden. With her beautiful silver bark and flowing branches, the Birch is obviously feminine in character. She is amongst the first of trees to colonize new ground and she can withstand many extremes of temperature showing us the resilience and prim…

A Vedic Journey To Meet Natures Hidden Teachers - Oak

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The Personalities Of Trees    “One should chant the holy name of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street; one should be more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige and should be ready to offer all respect to others. In such a state of mind one can chant the holy name of the Lord constantly”. (Sri Siksastakam; Text 3).



Oak / Ek (Quercus)

     According to wikipedia there are over 600 species of Oak worldwide. Here we are focusing particularly on the white oak (Quercus Alba) of northern europe. This Oak is majestic and stands tall in the fields and forests. The oldest oaks in europe are estimated to be 2000 years old and can grow to massive girths, much like the tree pictured above. The Oak is old and wise. The very epitome of selfless love, the Oak tree can host a whole microcosm of beings. In Britain more than 250+ species of insect have been found living on one Oak tree, not to mention the countless fungus and micro…