|Gyemyinde (Joan Stanley-Baker)|
|During the eleven years of Guru's physical manifestation as Maha Sambodhi Dharma Sangha, devotees have been leaving and joining the Sangha as increasing clarity is gained of our spiritual direction, the goals we hope to reach, and our capacity for Dharma. Some had first come like schoolchildren toting backpacks and notebooks hoping to learn Maitreyan, the Bodhi-Dharshan Maitri Dharma and, after exercises and reviews, pass tests and be declared Maitri Disciples worthy of celestial rewards.|
It has become clear, however, that both in content and in essence, Guru’s Bodhi gyan (omniscient wisdom) and the Maitri Dharma are not ‘transmitted’ in ways to which people are accustomed. Instead, it is more like implanting a seedling that from deep within may grow and permeate the whole system. And Guru’s seemingly singular preoccupation with Dharma is finally beginning to ‘make sense’, even to the rank beginner writing here. There is an inalienable causal relationship between the quality of energy being unleashed (by humans and other living beings), and prevailing conditions of the Planet. For instance, when we admire someone even a stranger, and even without words but just sending positive energy, s/he will feel happy without knowing why, and eventually show a new benevolence towards us. Conversely, if we think ill about someone, stranger or friend and sending negative energy, s/he will inevitably feel bad without knowing why. Similarly, energies of galloping human greed, wanton and callous exploitation of the Planet, result in landslides, earthquakes, and floods.
Guru says, “Dharma is the world. Dharma is the very element that holds the world together.” This structural bond is an as yet little-understood principle of Creation itself. But it is clear that, for the survival of humanity and the Planet, true Dharma must be reinstalled. Dharma is huge. Dharma is free. Dharma has remained a stranger to mankind for far too long. In prehistoric, primordial times when the Planet flourished and all living beings knew only Peace and Happiness, Dharma had prevailed. But since Dharma became diverted, re-written and misunderstood, it has slipped away. It is now time to reflect and to recollect. We must search for, identify and relive the true Dharma Guru is bringing back, to liberate all beings and rejuvenate our Planet.
Japanese physicist Emoto Masaru had devoted many books to show with what sensitivity water molecules respond to human emotions: they freeze into beautiful crystalline patterns when thanked or praised, and produce ugly patterns when treated with negativity. Water is the characteristic element of our blue planet, and permeates most organic and inorganic things on it. We know that human responses likewise vary according to energies received. We feel joy when appreciated, and sadness, even anger when ignored or rejected. But every volley fired in anger will ricochet back against ourselves, and create ever tougher calluses that make our love shrink and die, leaving only gaping desire or fury. Note the parallels between deterioration of the soul resulting from hatred or greed, and the planet’s deterioration under continual exploitation engendered by greed and disrespect.
In the years since Guru’s advent, the purpose and faith of would-be disciples have gone through many serious tests. And there has been a parting of the ways like chaff from the wheat as some members veer off the Path, giving up the search. Some were drawn to negative voices, malicious gossip against the Guru by jealous or frightened souls wishing to trigger confusion and doubt among truth-seekers to keep the world away from Maitri Dharma. Some have even hijacked the official American website dharma-sangha.com to turn it into a platform for self-destructive and tiresome anti-dharma propaganda.
Ivan Stankovic (Djovani Cuteaux) and his patrons-behind-the-scenes provide a vivid demonstration of the flapping death throes of darkness when blinded by the advancing light of Truth. Loudly they repeat hearsay accusations like a broken record, while heading (perhaps unknowingly) straight toward self-annihilation.
Why is it that instead of promoting the Teachers they love or admire, people spend such long hours of their precious lives brewing negativity, fabricating lies and otherwise labouring their impoverished heart, just to belittle the Guru they failed to fathom? Could it be because there is no one they admire? Because they have not known true love or genuine devotion? Because they fear a rise of Maitri Dharma in the world? Do they worry that people gathering around Guru may retrieve Paradise on Earth? But why fear love and beauty?
Most Sangha members however grow increasingly rooted in the Guru. Steadfast in their faith, they know Guru to be the Answer, not only for their own future, but for the world. But Dharma is not so simple to grasp. Bodhi is not so easy to gain. None of us can cite Maitri dicta in chapter and verse, yet we all feel in our hearts all around us from the weather, plants and animals, to the very dust of earth itself, as well as everyone moving in this mountain community, that everything reflects independently and collectively what we now recognise as Maitri-bhav, that vibrant way of being, of relating lovingly with the world, of not causing the least harm. We now understand that the only solution to self and global-destruction is Dharma.
Humans lost the true Dharma of unconditional love that had once uplifted this world. Dharma is incapable of causing the least harm to any living being as it loves and enfolds all beings equally without any bias. Only such positive, creative energy when released from human hearts can shift the inner structural balances of our ailing planet. Since each human being is capable of infinite love, knowing the joy of loving and of being loved, there is indeed unbounded hope for our desperate condition. It requires only attentive fine-tuning from the bottom of our heart. Soon Guru will be revealing even more, much more about Bodhi Marga, and all of us equally will learn undreamt-of truths from this perspective. Guru is guiding our personal futures. And as many know, He is already bringing salvation to the World.
|Jyampa Dorje (Michael Leon)|
|I have now tried writing how I feel about Guru three times and I am having the hardest time trying to find the words to express how I feel. I can see why Guru speaks little and when He does it is about the ‘feeling’ we hold within us. This feeling first stirred in my heart the first time I saw Guru on TV in 2006; how much it pained me and yet how much I felt exhilarated. I had settled into a new life with my wife but I knew from that moment on that nothing would be the same again. I had to let go of a lot, and this hurt so much, but what I have gained has been so wonderful. Somehow Guru opened this heart and the journey began. This is not to say that the journey has been easy for me; there have been many tears shed but now looking back there has been a lot of beauty in it too. Through my sadness I have learned to connect a little more with others, to understand that we all have the same pain & hurt and this has made my resolve stronger — to find a way out of this by looking into my heart to find this love Guru is talking about. I not only have faith in Guru but also in my Sangha brothers and sisters. I have met some beautiful souls on this Maitri Path. I have no doubt that we will one day very soon feel only from our hearts and all these walls of separation will come falling down. As Guru said, “In the end, the Dharma is to understand the transience of the moment of this passing world as though waking up from a nightmare to find in reality one is safe.”|
|Guru’s teachings are beyond words. Many people ask me about written teachings but in my experience, apart from the profound spoken messages, Guru connects heart-to-heart on a personal level with so much loving-kindness. It is up to us whether or not we want to open ourselves and walk the path as shown to us in the 11 Maitri Shila.|
|Gerry & Marty (Jyampa Pakme)|
|We both feel so incredibly blessed, honoured and grateful to have found this truly magical Guru and this all-encompassing Maitri Dharma. Having been a part of the Sangha now for a number of years, we have had the great pleasure of meeting many lovely people from all over the world as we have come together to share in this Maitri feeling of loving kindness, compassion and unity. |
Whether this loving feeling is felt internally through our devotion, faith & surrender to the Guru, or whether this Maitri feeling is expressed outwardly through actions based in loving kindness, for us, we feel that one of the most blessed things about this beautiful Maitri Dharma journey is the very simple concept that life is best lived through the heart.
As we open up to a deeper understanding of ourselves and to our own Maitri essence, we have also come across many kinds of internal challenges, purification and obstacles so far on this journey. Whether this be internal feelings such as sporadic tiredness, challenging emotions, negative mental states, physical ailments, or whether this manifests as seemingly unrelated external circumstances in our life, all of these seem to be guiding us towards higher and more harmonious states of being.
We both feel so unbelievably grateful to this most blessed Guru for everything He is doing for this world (both known and unknown) and for introducing us to this new feeling of ‘Maitri Bhav’. It is our deepest wish that the world will now come together in this beautiful feeling of loving kindness as we all start to radiate these energies outward very naturally for all to benefit from. May our beloved planet soon be enveloped in this new feeling of loving kindness, compassion & unity and may we all help one another to move towards a deeper and more profound understanding of our truly infinite & divine selves!
Over time we are learning more and more that our own Maitri Marga is one which is steeped in loving kindness, unity and a humble service to the collective consciousness. We are very happy to share our own experiences with you here with our hearts open and filled with love as we look forward to meeting and connecting with many beautiful souls on our collective journey towards more love, light and unity.
Maitri Mangalam and much love to all _()_
|Devotees are joining Maitri Sangha not for temporary happiness, comfort, or physical development but for Dharma, Marga, Mukti, and Moksha. It is natural that pains, sorrows, frustration, confusion, or disappointment occur on the Path. This is when support of the Sangha is crucial. If you are having a hard time, no matter where you are, just appeal to fellow Sangha members and you will definitely get help.|
Nowadays there are individuals who are sincere and open by nature but somehow have become a channel for forces trying to oppose Dharma and the Guru. One of them, Ivan Stankovic, back in 2013 created and donated an excellent website to BSDS USA. However at some point he hijacked the website belonging to BSDS USA and now dharma-sangha.com is used to spread elaborate lies mixed with truth. On the one hand, seeing the upside-down information presented on the website for what it is, identifies the true devotee. On the other hand, Ivan, while knowingly opposing Dharma and Guru, is unknowingly sacrificing himself turning everything he had that was good and positive into dust.
A flock of migrating birds know exactly where they are going. One bird cannot make the way alone. Wing-strokes of the birds flying in front create the air waves helping the others to fly. If one bird is getting tired and goes astray, others will support and wait for her. But they can not wait forever.
|Jyampa Kalshang Jinpa (Tomas Henryk Tarnawsky),|
Guru Marga Guru
|As a child in Poland of quiet nature with a preference for contemplation, I found sacredness in nature, trees, light and water. Family and friends took me through beautiful Christian stories, and later searching for inner Truth, I found reflections of Krishnamurti. In the end I learned of Shakyamuni Gautama and his path towards awakening. But I continued searching for life inspiration to open myself to true love and to learn truly to love others.|
The breakthrough came the minute I saw Him in Halkhoria sitting in deep meditation at the roots of the banyan tree, and recognised my way home. Raised in classical music, I could hear the blissful harmony that resonated from His being delicately permeating the wholeness of forest-life. For the first time, jungle trees were seen as green, as freshness, as life. All over His domain birds were singing in a unifying harmony, the luminous trees breathing the cooling breeze, created in the whole jungle a garden, a symphony of the soul of infinite peace. He continued being immersed in still meditation and, from a distance, sinking deeply into my own contemplation, I could feel His pulse and hear His joyfulness radiating everywhere. I came closer, and saw Him shining in white robes sitting in the tree, silently overflowing with love. Instantly laughter was released in my heart with an inner joy never experienced before; it was overwhelming. I closed my eyes, contemplating that light, as His young, living, fresh and gentle presence, His eyes and smile reached ever more deeply into the roots of my heart.
This pure and expansive experience brought my life to zero. All ‘important activities’ like diary, music and photography stopped. Even my dreams stopped spontaneously. It was the beginning of 2011, the year Maha Sambodhi Guru Dharma Sangha would complete His six-years of severe austerities. To my surprise I was overjoyed and so fulfilled that I stopped taking food during the 16 days of the celebration. Right there I quit university studies in Europe to start life afresh in Nepal. From that moment to this, I’ve been rejoicing, reflecting, seeking Truth and Awareness within, while dwelling in the forest next to Dharma Sangha.
Throughout these six years of being constantly at His side, there has not been a single negative instance or discouragement in Guru Dharma Sangha’s words or deeds. He reveals Truth. That means He is the embodiment of tremendously uplifting, genuine Maitriya Bhava, that all-embracing state of being that preserves life on this planet with supreme happiness, brightness and peacefulness. I’ve known Maha Sambodhi Guru Dharma Sangha as a most kind and humble human being, a skilful master who shares Maitri Loving-Awareness directly from heart to heart in wonderful ways. Dharma Sangha’s divine play (leela) always overflow with unconditional loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic friendship and equality towards all living beings. Guru Dharma Sangha sees and heeds beyond human limitations, I have experienced His incredible omniscience, He is aware of particular intentions, aspirations and every-time responds skilfully and attentively corresponding to the seeker’s deepest soul potentials. Dharma Sangha’s wisdom fulfills everyone truly connected in Dharma. His Bodhi wisdom is arising in the world not all at once, but gradually, in the right time.
Personal experience with Guru has confirmed that our inward quest for wisdom of Loving Heart Awareness requires unusual patience, perseverance and concentration, and looks to be a life-long task, but brings for the world and seekers, fruition of altruistic joy, freshness and livingness. On the path of individual realisation and the discernment between true and false matters, gradually gaining insight to Bodhi essences (Tattvas), through cultivation of Maitri Bhavana within, we are unifying, solidifying, merging into tremendous heart awareness. Along the path gradually purifying our self-centred baggage of harmful delusions, desires, attachments, angers and jealousy, we are being tested, becoming ever more fully absorbed. The purification itself, the very experience of carrying pain and suffering, is an inevitable part of this life-transformation, leading truth-seekers directly to unconditional compassion and equal benevolence towards all living beings.
Due to the overflowing universal love being received, the main purpose of this sharing is to shed light on the Truth. Here we may study the experience of fellow-seekers who have failed to progress on their Path, unable to search or realise their own Truth, and who remain lost and isolated in confusion.
There is no benefit for those who fail in trekking up the mountain, to scream angrily to the world that the path is a bad and dangerous trek. What can be less helpful or more confusing to fellow hikers? Filling their minds with perplexed thoughts, anxiety, jealousy or fabrications is only counter-productive. To find the truth from within is our own personal living experience. Unverified second-hand information or personal fabrications can never replace Truth. They will only expose our inability to accept our own failings and errors.
Consider the example of former Sangha brother Ivan Stankovic who works hard to proclaim Guru a false prophet, hoping to get rid of Guru. In 2013 Ivan had come to see Maha Sambodhi Dharma Sangha for a few days. I was there when he enthusiastically offered his support to serve Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangha. Everyone admired his talent and welcomed him. It was a happy experience, but the following year in 2015 after hearing some false rumours and without consulting anyone he sadly locked out his International Sangha friends by taking sole control over the official BSDS USA website dharma-sangha.com. The website was filled with his rhetoric, revealing much personal antagonism in cyberspace:
“When a man who says he is a guru threatens or states another man will be extinguished, self annihilated or any similar outlandish claims. Can he be a guide to anyone?
Hearsay reports without verified evidence show an inability to dive into the depths of the heart where Love and Truth reside. They do not prove anything and cannot affect those who are genuinely looking for Truth.
If someone is following Dharma, and yet the actions do not fit, then one must focus inwardly and examine the state or condition of one’s own mind first, to see if the Dharma morality being followed is in line with what is proclaimed. We need a peaceful and refreshing revolution of the heart. The Journey is open and undertaken by each one of us, but alone. It will be of immense benefit for humanity if we freely earnestly search from our own heart and soul. Whoever keeps genuine, pure intentions to develop Maitri-Bhav within the depths of their inner heart will be rewarded. The world can be only transformed by our own authentic quests for Truth, searching from within to find whether Maitriya Dharma or Guru Dharma Sangha are true or not. But it is not helpful to believe blindly in any hearsay information. The direction, as well as each and every step along the Path of freedom is our own to take. And together we can create a foundation based in real friendship and mutual Trust. We can become optimistic and joyful enough to move forward unwaveringly, happily sharing feelings of Peace, Innocence, Love and Compassion towards everyone on the planet.
Why not question our own wavering doubts and impurities instead of reaching outwards to believe in false hearsay? Why not focus on our own original soul qualities and skills? Why not become steadfast in a positive way? As for the seekers who didn’t manage to fulfill selfish desires and would then come up against Guru to blame Him and accuse in His name like this, such efforts are truly useless for truth seekers. Why did Guru mention self-annihilation? What actions lead to self-destruction and direct self-loss? It is not enough to walk the Dharma path for just one day. Aspiring for Dharma and really working for it are two different things. Blame is because of the self-deception in one’s own mind. The genuine inspiration comes from Guru’s six-year Tapas-meditation without eating and drinking under severe conditions in the dense subtropical forest. If we could take a moment to hold the soul in awareness and imagine sitting alone for one whole day and night risking extreme weather and attacks by wild animals. Guru’s tapas is the free life-offering for the conservation of green plants and the world’s supreme well-being. True seekers should learn not to fear bearing torment and suffering and open up to lovingness and embrace more suffering than that of all living beings in the universe added together. This is true because Guru has done it. And He is here, waiting for each one of us, giving the Path. Guru is the Path. Once we drop scepticism, mind deception and start absorption of Maha Sambodhi Dharma Sangha Guru’s guidance, the Path of Loving-Kindness will emerge from within to bring awakening of the heart.
There are as many Paths as there are Seekers. But they all have one beautiful thing in common — unconditional peaceful feelings towards all living creatures and never causing the slightest harm. Whoever stays optimistic and seeks to gain Pure Heart Dharma will surely receive access to True Guru.
I’ve been under Dharma Sangha for many years now, in dedication to Maitri Dharma little by little searching and examining, opening heart and mind, conscientiously serving for the well-being of all creatures of the universe. Would I be doing all this if Guru were fake or if my search were fake? True seekers of genuine gurus and constructive solutions for our ailing Planet would not waste their precious energy writing page after page about fake Gurus. Only those who stop in their search and who fail to recognise Truth may be locked in restlessness, untruths, accusations, and will continue to see everything in a negative light.
Occasionally people coming close to Guru may start to think and act in negative ways. It seems to be caused by misapprehension of the aim and purpose of the Dharma Path, triggered by greed, ambition or pride and also the hope of profiting from the Guru in some worldly way. Delusion is the source of all fabrications, blames or ill-will. For Guru can give only guidance of Dhamma, Path, Release and Salvation.
For myself, all the searching questions stemming from all the paths walked from early childhood to adulthood, were answered wordlessly. Everything fell into inner peace. All searched things were found and I knew then and there, that I had entered the fountain of universal wisdom, a path of the ultimate Truth.
Since the very beginning we, the Sangha family have been fortunate to witness how each and every devotee, friend and truth seeker has been profoundly moved by Guru’s benediction of Loving-Kindness. I’ve been witness to Guru’s immeasurable grace of mercy, forgiveness and courtesy towards those gone astray but not beyond the final limits of self-destruction. From the very beginning I have felt a growth in awareness and opening by His gentle Light of Peace, such that I now rejoice in wearing Maitreyan robes to follow the Maitri Guru Marga in full renunciation.
May we all kindle the light of Maitri love in our Hearts and keep it lit forever.