the sweetest well ~ poem

the sweetest well ~

there is a well of sweetness inside of me
I can drink from
that brings beautiful love filling me
these joyous waters quench a deep thirst
a wish , a need to be in peace
while breath flows
I can drink
from this golden well in me
really happy it sets me free
silly wisdom envelops
even the vapors of this well bring delight
but drinking deeply is my true rest , fulfillment
the sweet one in me arises
gratitude pours
blessings abound
nectar drips
my well turns out to be an ocean
I drown merrily

~ janice barden- wilson

Amaroo 2017

On September 11th, four and a half thousand people converged on Amaroo, A.K.A. Ivory’s Rock Convention Centre. For some, it was a chance to catch up with old friends and acquaintances, or to leave their jobs and businesses behind for a while, to breathe fresh air, and relax in comfort in a beautiful, natural setting far from the hassle of city life and carping political point scorers. Primarily we were there for the best of times, to see and hear Prem Rawat.

This point is where I struggle to find words. A week with this man goes way beyond inspiration. He embraces the core of what it means to be human in a way that is kind, often funny, and utterly transforming. I went there full of accumulated shit. I left there a human being, deeply grateful to be alive.

We had a small contingent of hired security guards to keep out potential trouble makers. Perhaps because they are trained to be observant, they picked up on it. By the end of the week they were relaxed, happy, with eyes shining. One young bloke said to me, “This is the best job I’ve ever had.”

Amphitheatre seating was computer generated to give a different seat each day so that everyone got a seat relatively close to the front on at least one out of five days. On Thursday afternoon as I walked past a gentleman who was reclining against the grass verge at the back, I commented, “That’s a great beard you’ve got there, mate!” We struck up a conversation, and he asked me if I had a good seat that day. “No, not really,” I replied, although any seat in that place is a good seat in my opinion. Its just that some are better than others. “Well, take my seat,” he said, explaining that he had a bad back and couldn’t sit in a chair for two hours again that day. Tony, if you ever get to read this, Thank You! On Monday I scored a seat very close to the front and directly in front of Prem. Tony’s seat was not so close, but nearly as good. Greetings also to Meagan, the very talented young lady who sat next to me with her sketch pad. “I thank you from the heart of my bottom,” said with a Hindi accent. I think she will remember.

Prem’s eldest daughter was the MC on day one. Before introducing her dad, she asked everyone not to post any of the event on social media. Someone ignored her and posted some of the first day on ‘faceless’ book. Out of respect I won’t be posting anything about the events here, but I will email a couple of people privately.

I can happily report that the Peace Education Program has been – and continues to be – a huge success internationally. Although in it’s infancy, the Kofubon book project has been highly acclaimed and equally successful, and the Peace Education Program With Keys will be released soon. On December 10th a new app will be released. This thing does everything except make your morning coffee. If it had arms and legs it could even manage that.

A pictorial cruise around the pavilion will give readers a bit of the flavour of Amaroo outside the morning and afternoon event times. Shopping centres would be a lot less expensive to establish if they were set up this way.

 

 

 

Timeless Today ~ Crowd funding with perks

Timeless Today is a broadcast platform created to circulate video, audio and other media derived from Prem Rawat’s interviews, engagements and public events.
From the Timeless Today web site:
“Media production begins with the producers’ strategic planning; next, skilled audio/visual crews capture the opportunities. Then, hours of crafting takes place in the post-production creative suite before the final product is delivered.”
Crowd funding in 2016 “allowed us to accomplish numerous projects, including sending our capture crew to cover live events in India, South Africa, UK, South America, and the USA. Via radio & TV interviews, book launches, and prison engagements, Prem Rawat’s message has reached over 125 million people this year.”
A new crowd funding effort for 2017 has been launched “in support of media production costs for current and new projects at TimelessToday, including the completion of the TimelessToday app and a new type of live, online event platform with Prem.”
“Whether he is speaking at a public address, a private gathering, or engaged in a compelling one-to-one conversation for TV, TimelessToday wants to be there to record Prem’s thoughts and feelings.  Why?  For the sole purpose of sharing his understanding and insights with you! Our goal of US$300,000 will go towards capture and production costs for the remainder of 2017 and into the first quarter of 2018.”
Contributions are divided into several tiers starting with a Tier 1 contribution of US25. To express their gratitude, Timeless Today is offering perks with each tier.
Tier 1:  US$25
• You will be one of the first to receive the new AUDIO release from Prem Rawat’s closing address from the upcoming celebration in Amaroo, Australia.
• You will also receive the artistic short VIDEO entitled Where Courage Resides. This powerfully evocative piece reminds us who we are at heart.

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A bit of Aussie Kulcha for the entertainment of our readers.

Dear Reader,

Here are some offerings from the land down under ~ best enjoyed over a cup of good coffee or a cold beer (maybe a glass of chardonnay for Melbourne based wankers).

Entrapment by Bill Kearns. This hilarious poem explores the dangers of plastic chairs.

Bapa ~ an incredibly beautiful song by Australian aboriginal, Gurrumul Yunupingu. I don’t understand a word of it, but it’s straight from the heart and sung by a man with the voice of an angel.

Simply Bushed

Goldstone  A friend of mine commented that you would have to be Australian to understand and appreciate this truly excellent movie. You be the judge.