Bhakti, the Love of Love

Mother Light Retreat with Bhagavan Das and Sharada Devi May 17-26

Blessings have filled our hearts with sound! Come join us for this auspicious gathering commencing on the full moon on the eve of Bhagavan Das’s 74th birthday! We will begin with a kirtan birthday celebration party and from there we dive into the ocean of Mother Light Love!

This retreat intensive is going to go deeper than ever into the heart of authentic kirtan, nada yoga as the essence of bhakti, and the transformative creativity of the kundalini. This land is a portal to the divine. We live and worship here. We make fires to the sun here. We bow to the moon and we pray to the eagles. Here we collect the white bones of deer and remember what the Buddha said, “be a lamp unto yourself.” Life is precious let’s use our time wisely and come together as one to sing dance and pray. To inspire and aspire. To embody what we cherish,

Bhakti, the Love of Love

This will be the very first retreat to be held by us at the Sanctuary of the Mother Light in Southern Oregon just two miles from the California border, an hour from Mount Shasta and an hour from Ashland. It’s such a brand new beginning, such an historical occasion. We never know how long it will be until we meet again.

Please come and share your voice, your light and your God love power!

This retreat includes fire puja, daily yoga, meditation, pranayama, chanting, prayer, ritual and more. The atmosphere is pure and magical and the real work has begun. We only have now to choose our victory over the heavy inertia imposed by an ignorant world. We are one with the earth and the heaven. It is our destiny to choose the highest for ourselves for the benefit of all.  The alchemy is that we alone from within heal others. We alone are the ones who must become the light in the darkness. This happens through sadhana, satsang and endurance. Through commitment and against all odds through sustained tapas even in the midst of misunderstanding and frustration. Love reigns supreme. We all know how hard it is on every level to be in this world and yet not submerged in it’s illusion that passing comfort and pleasure will ever be rewarding. We must, in our own way, become our own Milarepa, our own Neem Karoli Baba, our own Anandamayi Ma. We offer this space with all our hearts, as best we can as humans, as open as we can as aspiring beings of the Mother Light’s love to you. This is a sanctuary for the love of love and what it takes to be that. I hope you come and see, and experience the divine in not only yourself but in each other. We must see it to be it. The great light comes and enters the group circle and a new body is born. God is alive for us then to heal and to bless at a velocity that allows transformation. It isn’t easy but it’s possible. It’s encouraging to know we are not alone in our yearning for the divine. I have learned no man or woman, not even a yogi- is an island. We are flowers in a field of grace and God is the sun we call upon together. The Goddess is the earth we cultivate and the healing love we give our bodies. What we grow cannot be denied. We are the embodiment of the presence- and our voice and our eyes and the devotion in our hearts is ever so clear when we listen to the song inside.

We can create miracles that defy all obstacles. We can know we are the Mother Light. We can hear her and see her everywhere. We can feel her inside spiraling. We can be her hand. We can grow her fruits and share her love.

Basic accommodations are included as well as all tridoshic, organic Ayurvedic meals.

$1080- 9 nights and 10 days. $108 to hold your space. Balance due by 5/1. All is nonrefunadable but can be applied to future retreats.

*to register through PayPal please send $113 (108 plus $5 PayPal fee) to the following address:

 *PAYPAL: motherlight108@gmail.com

*To send a check for $108 please email Sharada Devi at motherlight108@gmail.com for mailing address.

Bring an instrument and all your songs. Bring poetry and all your art. Bring yourself and be blessed!

 Love,  Sharada Devi

email motherlight108@gmail.com if you have any questions ❤️

 

16 thoughts on “Bhakti, the Love of Love”

  1. OMG! I want to be there. I hope I can make it work…it’s a busy pet time for me….I am pretty sure I can find back ups for a couple of the jobs…but one will not accept anyone but me staying in their home…and that starts on the night of the 25th….so I might have to leave early. OMG…..nine nights!

  2. “When Death Comes”
    When death comes
    like the hungry bear in autumn;
    when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse

    to buy me, and snaps the purse shut;
    when death comes
    like the measle-pox

    when death comes
    like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,

    I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering:
    what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?

    And therefore I look upon everything
    as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
    and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
    and I consider eternity as another possibility,

    and I think of each life as a flower, as common
    as a field daisy, and as singular,

    and each name a comfortable music in the mouth,
    tending, as all music does, toward silence,

    and each body a lion of courage, and something
    precious to the earth.

    When it’s over, I want to say all my life
    I was a bride married to amazement.
    I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

    When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
    if I have made of my life something particular, and real.

    I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
    or full of argument.

    I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.” (Mary Oliver)

    This retreat……with The Mother Light….let us take this opportunity to shine our own light and build our strength to live and thrive in this world full of illusions…..
    OM MANI PADME HUM

    1. I fled to the mountains because I feared death:
      I have realized emptiness, the mind’s primordial mode of existence.
      Even if I were to die now,
      It would be with contentment.

      —Milarepa

      After our birth we have no freedom to remain even for a minute.

      We head towards the embrace of the Lord of Death, like an athlete running.

      We may think that we are among the living, but our life is the very highway of death.

      — The Seventh Dalai Lama

      Gungtang Rinpoche: “I spent twenty years not wanting to practice dharma. I spent the next twenty years thinking that I could practice later on. I spent another twenty years in other activities and re­gretting the fact that I hadn ‘t engaged in dharma practice. This is the story of my empty human life. ’’

      And so the story goes…come let’s light the fire of dharma-meaning see what’s real!
      Love- clarity wisdom compassion awareness
      Devotion to our very own crying hearts!

      “Wake up! I say as I fall asleep again and again.” Sharada Devi 😹

  3. thanks for letting me know about this, as I have loved and benefited from past retreats. Bruce and I are interested. We would camp and wonder about bringing our dog along as we did once in the past ( he is old and fragile, so likes to be with us) (I am too, so like to be with him). It is an exciting prospect to be once again in retreat, Shasta, Sarada Devi, Bagavon das, deep beauty.

    1. Dear Uma,
      Yes of course you can bring him and camp!
      He’s allowed to do whatever he wants here.
      Open space and no leash is needed. We have friendly little dogs and a cat who loves dogs…so I hope you all come! It will be a beautiful blessing to have you all here.
      This is sacred Native American land.
      And maybe Bruce can even lead a drum circle around the fire and/or…we can paint our faces and do an eagle dance! ❤️

      1. Is it a different place than past retreats? Am happy and excited to hear about it and hope to go. Bruce likes to sing native songs and is a good channel for them. May you be happy and well in all ways.

        1. Yes it’s at our own place we are buying.
          I know Bruce has the mojo! And you have the
          Mother deep soul.
          ❤️☀️

  4. YES! Oy vay! Death comes without warning! It’s timing is uncertain and cause unpredictable!

    And as Gyalse Thogme said:

    “He who in autumn does not provide for the coming winter is considered a fool. The Dharma alone will help us when we die, and we know that death is certain…..SO…..not to practice is NOW is utterly foolish.”

    These retreats are like plugging in to get a MEGA recharge and HUGE reminder to plant ourselves deep within the practice again and again. Building strong railing along the highways in our lives…so keep ON THE RIGHT PATH.

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  5. I wish I could attend but I’ve already committed to 12 days at the NKB Hanuman temple in Taos for Hanuman Jayanthi. This year is going to be the last time that Hanumanji murthi is in the small prayer room. I love that space so much and want to have a little more time as it is, before everything changes.

    Have a blessed retreat and hopefully I will be able to join another one at another time. I hope both of you are well and happy.

    Jai Gurudev,
    Andrew

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