Posts Tagged God

What’s More Exciting? Van Gogh, Twitter or Mars Lander?

vangogh-starry_night_ballance1All day and night on Twitter, Mashable, and Tech Crunch, San Francisco Bay Area technistas gabble and babble about the latest news of tech startups, social media websites, venture capital firms, and celebrity entrepreneurs that most people have never heard of. This week I had a break from that insanity while working on a client engagement in Amsterdam, Holland.

After 2.5 days of thoughtful and engaging branding and marketing strategy, I spent my last few hours at the Van Gogh Museum and sought to feel and absorb the brilliance of Van Gogh through some 200 paintings, along with works of his influencers, peers and contemporaries.

19th Century romantic artists like Van Gogh found God in Nature. They consciously made the connection and Van Gogh clearly sought to convey that higher awareness through his work. Decades of learning with my Guru Sri Chinmoy helped make me aware of the God-Nature connection for sure. What was cool for me what I could feel it in Van Gogh’s work. What a profound gift to close out my Amsterdam visit.

So I’m back in San Francisco (no sleep yet) plugging into the latest news about who’s leaving Yahoo, changes at Facebook, and the plethora of information available through Twitter which has just gone down yet again. And that Mars Lander is delivering some awesome images (ice on Mars???) so scientists managing that project must ecstatic.

What’s more exciting for you? Van Gogh and God in Nature, Twitter’s latest news, or the Mars Lander?

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Spirit: An Inner Journey

spirit-of-space-iii_1024x768Since the passing of my spiritual teacher, Guru Sri Chinmoy, many of my close friends have been devotedly exploring the inner connection with Spirit through meditation, for that is the place where we can now find our Guru. Over the past several weeks, my own quiet explorations take place early in the morning – between 3:30 am and 6:00 am. For now, I’m just going with it. Given my schedule and business life, the challenge is sleep and I’ll cover that in another blog post.

Mediation for me has been a deep source of personal learning and satisfaction. I began over 30 years ago learning from Sri Chinmoy and the early results were more light, peace and personal calm. Over many years, I sought to absorb, understand and internalize his teachings on aspiration and the spiritual journey of life. Today, as a result, I find myself exploring more deeply my own self-awareness and aspiring for a deeper God-awareness. One could say they are two sides of the same coin, and one blends into the other. But being consciously earth-bound, self-awareness is akin to knowing myself in ways that engender a more soulful and conscious expression. And God-awareness is the silent journey into higher, deeper Cosmic Realms and to places far beyond earthly, mental perception.

What is terrific about inner discovery is that so many people are doing it. These beautifully God-resonant people live in God-resonant places like Sedona, Arizona, Maui and elsewhere. Some have been blessed by spiritual teachers and others explore and discover on their own. And many of these terrific souls often spread what they have learned and experienced.

My amazing spiritual brother Ashrita Furman breaks Guinness World Records to inspire us to self-transcendence. The luminous Mia Margaret Angelica spreads ‘light’ through a deeply inspired life as an author, photographer, and harpist. Self-help gurus Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer and others, share secrets to success and personal satisfaction. Oman Ken, Bruce BecVar and Lani Star, all deeply soulful musicians, express spirit by composing and performing soul-elevating songs. An incredibly visionary artist, Trea Christopher Grey, paints spirit effortlessly and writes inspirational poetry. Swami Swaroopananda has created Heaven-on Earth through an 11-acre spiritual sanctuary and meeting place he developed on Maui.

During a life just passed, my own teacher, Sri Chinmoy, was prolific as an author, poet, composer and painter. He left us with a vast body of work that will take many lifetimes to fully explore, understand and manifest. And I have been fortunate to witness my own spirit come to life as a business person, composer, musician, author, and peace advocate.

Spirit is truly an inner journey and once we start exploring, it’s fun to share through our good works and meet others doing the same. I look forward to meeting and collaborating with you somewhere in the Cosmic space or at a God-resonant spot on Planet Earth.

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