Haiku’s, ants & worms
Buddha-like the Moon sitting
All have the same face
On Buddha’s birthday
Spring rain beneath a full moon,
On Buddha’s deathday
Enlightenment in the Lake
The Buddha (whose name means: *The Awakened One* or *One who Knows*) is regarded as the ninth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He was born in 563 BC on the Full Moon of May in Vaisakh. Traditionally, Buddha’s Birthday is known as Wesak or Visakah Puja (Buddhas Day).
Wesak, the major Buddhist festival of the year, celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha on one and the same day, when the Sun is in Taurus, and the Moon in Scorpio.
The Full Moon in May is a mystically auspicious time – This ‘Buddha Moon’ is considered to be the greatest moment of spiritual contact for the entire year.
Great polarities are said to be synthesized and consequently united at this festival.
Hope is revived in the world, and great seeds of beauty, truth, and goodness are planted within us — qualities needed for the unity of humankind.
Ancient Wisdom asserts that there will be a new coming of the World Avatar and those beings who assist them. But the reality set forth and embedded within this festival, is that WE, as a living unit called humanity, are to be that World Avatar, when we can live as “Christ in me”…
The Wesak Festival provides us each year with a reception of the tools of love and wisdom, to fulfill this ancient prophecy. What all the higher beings have done, we can do also, taking up our responsibility as the 10th hierarchy to radiate the Christ Impulse out to all the kingdoms of Earth -becoming like little suns – emanating rays from the very core of our “I”, through the vehicle of our bodies, from our purified hearts, and specifically from our forehead, where our third eye is located. This is the Bulls Eye of Taurus – the Sun of May – and the mystery of the transformative Scorpio Moon.
The Full Buddha Moon is exact at 12:42pm CST, on May 3rd 2015, we will see it rise over the Great Inland Sea of Chicago at 7:32pm, and it will set on May 4th at 6:13am.
~Hazel Archer Ginsberg
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May 8th & 9th, 2015
Rudolf Steiner Branch 4249 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago
Rudolf Steiner’s Calendar of the Soul and the Christ Impulse
A Lecture and Seminar with Herbert Hagens
Friday, May 8, Lecture – 7pm –9pm The weekly verses in the Calendar of the Soul create a special dynamic for one’s meditative life during the course of the year. In his lecture, Herbert Hagens will speak about how working with the Calendar can awaken us to the Christ impulse and the development of ego-consciousness. We will focus in particular on the period between Easter and Whitsun. ($10 suggested donation)
Saturday, May 9, Seminar – 10am – 4:30pm (Lunch break: 12:30 – 2pm) The seminar will allow us to explore in greater depth through conversation and artistic activity (eurythmy). We will also trace the relationship to the seasons and the major Christian festivals. Herbert will offer some basic guidelines for working with the verses through the course of the year and for setting the dates from one year to the next. ($25 suggested donation)
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Spring into Eurythmy with Alison Biagi
Location: Upstairs at the Branch
Days: 5 Fridays in May and perhaps into June, with a possible show of the work?
Dates: May 1st, May 8, May 15, May 22, May 29…
Time: 11am – 12:30pm
We will work with seasonal poetry, and some forms and indications from the ‘Calendar of the Soul’ as given by Steiner.
Financial Contribution: Recommended $50 for 5 sessions, or $12.00 for individual classes, but no one who has the will to do eurythmy will be turned away for lack of funds.
Outfit: please wear something loose fitting and eurythmy shoes or socks.
For more information contact Alison (312) 543-6136