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.

Watch

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.

Amaroo: Gripes, Tips, Good Times

First the gripes…

In spite of the best planning and intentions, systems don’t always work as they should. Enthusiasm and best intentions aren’t always perceived in that light. Over at the Amaroo Facebook page someone wrote…
“So the fear of “don’t miss out on this” advertising is needed to support these Events? Who is guiding this sort of direction? What’s next, Coca Cola sponsorship …..? ( and how do the poorest followers of Prem , or the aspirants in jails, view the enticingly pompous ” Glamping” accommodation etc. !
Seems like there’s should be a simple invitation to all those who can make it. Not, an “invite” to the wealthier, the better types, will be more welcome!”
‘Amaroo’ replied…
“Reading the comments here I see we need to clarify a few things. Firstly please go to the Registration Link here http://amaroo.org/registration/ and read this page carefully. Special circumstances and financial hardship are both covered. As well the Swagman Campground offers a very reasonable package for the week.The post is here to alert people that the generous early bird pricing finishes on June 21st. There is no other intent.”

I wasn’t impressed with the seemingly excessive cost of registration this year until I discovered that “the cost calculation for each guest at Amaroo is about $AU 450 (based on last year’s numbers). This covers provision of clean toilets, fresh water, security, medical, shuttles and all basic services for a simple guest walking in. Last year’s discount price of $AU180 did not cover the cost … and actually made a loss.” And…”There are a couple of reasons for the different fees for onsite and offsite guests. Onsite guests are supporting Amaroo with the cost of their accommodation, so their entry fee is lower, whereas offsite guests are only paying the entry fee. Also, we are keen to encourage people to stay onsite, as the logistics are difficult with more people staying offsite.”

To my great surprise I heard recently that some folk who were quite well off had scammed their way into previous Amaroo events with a minimal contribution or none at all. This year, “Other people may be in difficult or even dire circumstances but not be eligible for the Newstart allowance and may even be dependent on charitable support. Once again these cases will be referred to the Board of Directors for a decision.
Please send your request directly to the General Enquiries Helpdesk for a discounted entry fee if you receive another allowance outside of those stated here or are in difficult financial circumstances and not on welfare or student payments.”
So, entry does not depend on anyone’s bank balance. Keep in mind that a venue of this quality is not cheap to continually upgrade and maintain.
Some people have had issues registering on-line, for example. That happened to me last year due to the loss of my smart card. Eventually I got it sorted. Hang in there.

Tips

1. For those folk planning a trip down under in September, don’t book your departure flight any earlier than late afternoon on the day after the event.  On the day following the event you can guarantee that there will be a high demand for those early morning buses. Don’t risk a morning flight. Shuttle buses are supposed to start running at 4AM the day following the event and in the evening until 8PM from an hour after the event ends.

2. ‘The Swag’ has always been my favourite option, but if you are taking your own tent, please remember to take a blow up mattress or something to insulate your sleeping bag from the ground. A ground sheet won’t do the job. I can tell you that from personal experience. The ground gets pretty cold at night.

Good times
Guaranteed in my experience. This video says it all without words.

That reminded me of the 1970s, but much better. I suddenly feel terribly old.

Down on the farm ~ the vegies, the chooks, the piglets, the wallabies…

This is the promotional film clip for the farm. It had its World Premiere on Sunday.It will show on the Peak Organics website and on the Peak Organics Face Book page.

Posted by Amaroo on Tuesday, April 7, 2015

 

Emotional Intelligence

Thanks Janice for the link to this article. Excellent stuff! Here are a couple of samples:

Neutralize Toxic People (No, don’t kill them!)
Dealing with difficult people is frustrating and exhausting for most. High EQ individuals control their interactions with toxic people by keeping their feelings in check. When they need to confront a toxic person, they approach the situation rationally. They identify their own emotions and don’t allow anger or frustration to fuel the chaos. They also consider the difficult person’s standpoint and are able to find solutions and common ground. Even when things completely derail, emotionally intelligent people are able to take the toxic person with a grain of salt to avoid letting him or her bring them down.

Don’t Let Anyone Limit Your Joy
When your sense of pleasure and satisfaction are derived from the opinions of other people, you are no longer the master of your own happiness. When emotionally intelligent people feel good about something that they’ve done, they won’t let anyone’s opinions or snide remarks take that away from them. While it’s impossible to turn off your reactions to what others think of you, you don’t have to compare yourself to others, and you can always take people’s opinions with a grain of salt. That way, no matter what other people are thinking or doing, your self-worth comes from within.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/are-you-emotionally-intelligent-heres-how-to-know_us_5952b6b8e4b0c85b96c65d4e?ncid=engmodushpmg00000003

A Poem From Janice

forever sings sweetly

last night the moon was soft , beautiful
the fireflies were all flash dancing
I was there too
seeing , feeling , being
being breathed to life
this says to me
all is well , enjoy , trust
be in the beauty , contentment , sweetness
love of life on earth
feel the heaventime now
( within my heart being )
trust , walk across the waters of life
bathe in them now
taste the sweet nectar of a living body
delightfully, happily , celebrate life
life god loves me here and now
no worries about later
living in peace
of course we rest in peace
love breathing life now
no worries , forever sings sweetly

~ janice barden – wilson

An telum u luvum….

“I’m passing this on because it worked for me today.

A doctor on TV said to have inner peace we should always finish things we start and we all could use more calm in our lives.

I looked through my house to find things I’d started and hadn’t finished, so I finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Chardonnay, a bodle of Baileys, a butle of wum, tha mainder of Valiuminun psrcriptuns, an a box a chocletz.

Yu haf no idr how feckin fablus I feel rite now.

Sned this to all who need inner piss.  An telum u luvum.”

The moral of this story,
the moral of this song,
is do not take advice from quacks.
They’re likely to be wrong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

33 years ago an Australian Labor Party Government introduced truly affordable health care for all Australians. The system works. Doctors love it, and their patients love it. What a pity that the US government under President Frump can’t organize something similar for Americans.