Posted by bhattathiri 29 August 2004, 3:46pm

Happy Onam on 28-8-2004

Let this Onam bring prosprity and joy to all of us.On this auspicious day of Onam, let us  confer our bounteous grace and love on each of us.
Emperor Maha Bali best among the Asura emperors, based all his entire actions on truth and justice. Looking upon his subjects as his own children, he performed his duties. Bali was a very generous person. He was compassionate and was a shining sun of truth. The very fact of his reign in the land of Kerala is the cause for the prosperity and happiness of the people there. He had conquered all the lesser gods with his great prowess. He performed a sacrifice called Viswajit, in commemoration of his victory, on the banks of the river Narmada. The Lord incarnated as Vamana at that time. He was born as the son of the saintly couple Kashyapa and Aditi. They lived in a hermitage known as Siddhashrama. The young Vamana walked towards the site where Bali was performing the sacred ritual. The boy was brilliant and effulgent, and everyone looked with wonder at his great beauty. Vamana was the very personification of the attractive magnetic field. Ratnamala, the daughter of Bali saw the young boy and developed a desire in her mind to have Him as her own child and fondle Hi  in various ways. But, in the meantime, as you know, Vamana had pushed Bali down into the Pathala (netherworld). This event turned her love towards Vamana into hate and she felt that she could kill the child herself. The all-knowing Vamana noticed what was passing through the mind of Ratnamala and pronounced 'Tathaasthu' (may it be so!). God, since He is omnipresent, Sarvatah Paani-paadam Tat Sarvathokshi Siromukham, Sarvatah Sruthimalloke Sarvamavruthya Thishthati (with hands, feet, eyes, heads, mouth and ears pervading everywhere, He permeates the entire universe), He is constantly pronouncing this blessing on all. Nothing escapes His attention. That is why we should always keep our minds filled with good thoughts.  He told Ratnamala, "Mother, you first desired to breast-feed Me. But seeing your father's downfall, your desire turned into hatred. You felt like feeding poison and killing Me. You will be born in Dwapara Yuga as Poothana and feed Me with poisonous milk, and you yourself will die." Therefore, it is essential for all of us to have constantly good thoughts as God is pronouncing blessing of fulfilment incessantly. In view of the ignorance of this reality, mankind fills its mind with many forms of evil thoughts. 

See no evil, see what is good;
Hear no evil, hear what is good;
Think no evil, think what is good;
Talk no evil, talk what is good;
Do no evil, do what is good;
This is the way to God. 
Though born in a family of demons, he was filled with divine thoughts. It is the consequence of the great merits of Bali that is manifesting as the benefits that people of Kerala enjoy today. Onam does not mean merely the preparation of sweet pudding, various delicious dishes, etc., and eating ourselves to the full. We must re-live the experience of the encounter between Bali and Vamana. Today Vamana is supposed to be physically present in the land of Kerala and hence this day should be celebrated with gaiety and joy. We should lead an ethical, moral and spiritual life.  Sathyam Bruyath, Priyam Bruyath, Na Bruyath Sathyamapriyam (speak the truth, speak pleasantly and do not speak unpalatable truth). These three values are the ethical, moral and spiritual, respectively. All the three values ultimately depend upon truth. Following the path of truth and without swerving from a spiritual life, we should work for the welfare of the whole world. Kerala has the political identity of being communist. However, every individual Keralite, irrespective of his political colour, never swerves from the daily duties of a purifying bath, smearing of holy ash on his forehead or wearing a sandalwood paste mark, visiting the temples, etc. Their divine love and devotion is unmatching. Kerala is a beautiful state. People there are replete with spiritual attitudes. But time has had its toll and the tender hearts of people have turned hard. Why is this? It is our own attitude that is responsible. The good and bad habits of the individuals of a region have their effect on the whole land. 

If money is lost, nothing is lost;
If health is lost, something is lost;
If character is lost, everything is lost.

Start the day with love;
Spend the day with love;
Fill the day with love;
End the day with love;
This is the way to God. 

Emperor Bali was the one who encouraged pure and sacred thoughts and activities. He was called Mahabali as he was truly great in every aspect of his character. Kerala, established by such a great personage is not to be reckoned lightly. In the map of the world, Kerala may look small, but it is a centre of great divinity. It is full of bliss. This land gave birth to Bali, Vamana and it was where Viswamitra performed intense penance and revealed the sacred Gayatri Mantra which is prefixed with the triple syllable Bhur Bhuvah Suvah. Bhur represents materialisation, Bhuvah - vibration and Suvah - radiation. The universe is entirely constituted out of these three components. Radiation is Divinity, vibration is the life principle and materialisation is the body. All these three are in you.

You are not one, but three, viz., the one You think you are (body), the You, others think you are (mental) and the one you really are (the Atma). Only when you recognise these realities, you achieve your humanness. Do not get too much attached to your body. So long as you are alive, you must keep your body in a healthy condition. For Karma Yoga, body is the basis. For meditation and worship, mind is the basis. For realisation, heart is the basis. You must recognise the unity of all these three. There are several three-fold unities which can be recognised, for example, 

Trigunam Trigunakaram, Trinetramcha Triyayudham;
Trijanma Papa Samharam Eka Bilvam Sivararpanam
The people of Kerala are really lucky. Staying in their homes, they would perhaps celebrate this occasion each in his own small way. They will not get the opportunity to celebrate it in this fashion with several thousands like this. The people of Kerala are the subjects of Bali and are blessed by Vamana and therefore they are all very lucky and full of merit. Keep in mind your ancient culture. That is your life and your sustenance. These days our culture is declining. If you lose your culture, what are you left with? Everything is lost. The seeds of ancient Indian culture planted in your land are alive and growing. Ensure that they do not ever wilt but ensure that they grow stronger. Believers and non-believers, all are imbued with this culture. Ensure that this is nurtured and developed.

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Posted by bhattathiri 29 August 2004, 3:08pm
This week's Hollywood Spiritual Film and
Entertainment Festival
(Film, Books, Scripts, Music)
Semi-finalists presentations for Sunday,
August 29th
Please RSVP using our system.
for Sunday's events, WE FILL UP VERY QUICKLY!
WHERE: Wilshire Screening Room
8670 Wilshire Blvd. (2 blocks west of La Cienega)
5:00 - 6:15 pm (PLEASE be EARLY):Spiritual
Entertainment Resource Meeting and catered
dinner (currently no charge)
DRESS: Semi-formal
6:30 pm ->  - Semi-Finalist presentations
(suggested contribution $10 online $15 at door):
"The Great Year" (46 minutes)
 A semi-finalist film by Geofff Patino
 Directed by Robert Ballo
       The Great Year delves into ancient beliefs in a grand 24,000-year
              celestial cycle, which effects the rise and fall of civilization and human
              consciousness. It then examines the ancient idea that this cycle is the
              result of the Sun's motion around a companion star and uncovers strong
              evidence supporting it.    
Chasing God  (52 minutes)
A semi-finalist film by
      Lenny de Vries and Dylan Burton (Melbourne, Australia)
      Narrated by award-winning comedian Dawn French (UK)
     ('The Vicar of Dibley')this thought provoking film addresses
      a subject matter rarely tackled: why do humans believe in a
      higher power? By travelling the world and interviewing diverse
      religious leaders, scientists and atheists Chasing God looks
      at the relevance of God in today's harsh world.
BLISS: 33 Simple Ways to Awaken Your Spiritual Self
A semi-finalist book by Michael Goddart
      Bliss - that experience of the unity of your Self and our
      Higher Power - is available to all. Experiencing that bliss,
      that greater realization of God, can be achieved right here,
      right now, by developing the 33 essential virtues with the
      book BLISS as your guide.


BLISS House, Reality TV Show:
A semi-finalist screenplay Reality TV show
 by Michael Goddart
      Bliss - In the reality TV show, BLISS HOUSE, twelve followers
      of twelve different religions strive to progress spiritually
      while determining the rules of the house and winning virtue
      immunity challenges. Each week, the House Members vote out the
      Member who has least contributed to an atmosphere of love and

      One Love, One World
      A semi-finalist song by Craymo & Brandon Jarrett
      One Love One World is a song about equality, world peace and
      tolerance. In spite of our differences we are all the same.
      We are all human beings sharing this planet. It is a song of
      love and peace for the children of the world. They are our future.

      A semi-finalist screenplay by Richter Cox
      A space-aged Noah's ark story in which Space Station A.E.
      becomes the only means of salvation from earth's destruction.
      Space Station A.E.-Leaving Earth emphasizes two important
      spiritual themes: First, that God desires us to show love towards one
      another and secondly, that God has given mankind the responsibility
      to keep the earth pollution free and clean.

Who comes to synergize?
Each  Sunday we have many first time and many
repeating greats coming again and again!
Amongst those present at previous Sunday screenings
Lindsey Wagner (Bionic Woman), Jonathon Phillips
(Senior Editor-Dreamworks), Martin Zwiback (Kung Fu),
Leo Bertucelli (It Takes a Thief),
John Lee (CEO of Entertainment Business Group,
Ian Merrick ("Apocalypse Now", "Platoon", "The Last Emperor")
Wendy De Ryche (President of Cinewomen), Gayla Scoll (Interfaith
leader for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints),
Swami Shiva(Vedanta Church), Jill Schrag (Damah Film Festival),
Ai Onogi (Spiritual Film Festival Goa, India),
and many more
Amongst those present at a previous week's Sunday screenings
Cathrine Anne Jones (THE CHRISTMAS WIFE" (Jason Robards),
"UNLIKELY ANGEL" (Dolly Parton), and the popular television series
"TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL"), Kathy Close (Hartley Foundation
and produced over 500 body mind spirit programs and documentaries),
Lisa Atkinson ("Frankenstein", "Shrek", "Antz", "Bugs Life", American
Tale 2", "Curious George", "Inspector Gadget", "Star Wars", etc.),
Kenneth Schwenker (100 million dollar feature
film producer), Mary Cancassi, and many more.
Amongst those present at a previous week Sunday's screenings were
Carole Dean of the Roy W. Dean Grants, The Venerable Dhyani
Yhwahoo (Cherokee Chief,  27th  generation lineage holder
and also a recognized lineage holder of  Tibetan Buddhism)
, Kathy Wilson (casting director of Indigo
among others), Peter Shiao(organizer of the Shanghai International
Film Festival and the first US-China Film Industry Conference with
the White House), Kenneth Schwenker(100 million dollar feature
film producer), and many many more!
What others have to say:
Wow!  What an awesome time Sunday night!
I now understand the enormous potential of
these meetings.  I plan to be a regular from now on.
Bless you for creating and maintaining this "space"
for the professional interface of like-minded souls.
- Bill Woolery, editor- projects for Disney, Dreamworks, etc.
"a little gem in Hollywood! would never
think that this little group would have so
many influential people attending their meetings
and presentations but they DO!.... there is
nice sort of 'family' feeling amongst the group
and something to look forward to coming
to each week!"-   Mark Vicente, director/cinematographer
"What the Bleep do we Know?!"
"At the last meeting, I set an intention that I would book
some east coast work so I could piggy back the prep on
 the movie I'm shooting in the fall in NY. Within days of that
 I booked a scout on cape cod...they fly me to Boston, I work
 for two days, then a week later they fly me home from NYC.
 It's amazing how well it works if you just put it out there."
- Jeffrey Seckendorf

The Spiritual Entertainment TV TALKSHOW
      (Reaching over 200,000 households)
      Next Show: Sept. 1st at 7:00 pm.
      Cable channel 98 in the Los Angeles areas
      Channel 3 in West Hollywood and Marina Del Rey
      Channel 37 in Beverly Hills
      Channel 77 in Santa Monica
      Host: Tory Jay Berger
      Guests: Claudine Jordan, Chicago, Il.
      Prof. Neal Weiner, Battleboro Vt.
      Mike Ianicello, Columbus, Ohio.
REMEMBER: We also welcome
Our family of industry professionals fill out
evaluation forms to help you with feedback and to
fine tune your project to get it out to it's intended
audience. This category may be used creatively
to help you gain synergy, funding, distribution, etc.
We have had our first Mentor event for
8 of our current semi-finalists for a private evening and formal candlelight poolside dinner with concert pianist, Erik Spicard and violinist Jennifer Nacke...

our mentor was....
Omar Kaczmarczyk
Omar Kaczmarczyk - Foreign Sales Agent -- Distributor -- Producer -- Copyright Manager --Omar Kaczmarczyk has a long and distinguished history in the motion picture and entertainment industry.
This is the first of a series of mentoring programs with Hollywood
Entertainment Industry Professionals.
Stay tuned for our planned future
mentor events for more of our semi-finalists. 
Note: The selection of semi-finalists for our mentoring events is not an indication of the judging process forthe festival.
Mark your calendar>>>
September 21st The March for Spiritual Entertainment
will be held in the streets of Hollywood, 2004
peace and blessings,
Tory Jay Berger
The Hollywood Spiritual Film and Entertainment Festival
"the first and only festival of it's kind."
Spiritual Entertainment
"The originating spring... forwarding spiritual
and wholesome entertainment and creators"
Spiritual Publicity
Tory Jay Berger (323) 822-9927
"To create, forward and participate in work of spiritual content"

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Posted by bhattathiri 29 August 2004, 3:07pm
Then he (the father) gives him (the son) a name: 'You are the Veda
(knowledge). That is his secret name.

Yajur Veda, Brihadaranyaka Upanishad VI, IV-Conception and Birth as
Religious Rites, 26

Then he presents him to the mother to give him her breast, uttering the
mantra: O Sarasvati, that breast of thine which is fruitful, the sustainer
of all, full of milk, the bestower of wealth and generous and by which
thou nourishest all who are worthy-transfer that breast here to my wife,
for my child to suck.

Yajur Veda, Brihadaranyaka Upanishad VI, IV-Conception and Birth as
Religious Rites, 27

Then he addresses the mother of the child thus: 'You are the adorable
Arundhati, the wife of Vasishtha and with me, who am a man, as your
partner you have brought forth a male child. Be the mother of many male
children, for you have given us a son.

Yajur Veda, Brihadaranyaka Upanishad VI, IV-Conception and Birth as
Religious Rites, 28

Now the line of teachers: The son of Pautimashi received this knowledge
from the son of Katyayani. The son of Katyayani from the son of
Gautami. The son of Gautami from the son of Bharadvaji. The son of
Bharadvaji from the son of Parasari. The son of Parasari from the son of
Aupasvasti. The son of Aupasvasti from the son of another Parasari. The
son of this Parasari from the son of Katyayani. The son of Katyayani
from the son of Kausiki. The son of Kausiki from the son of Alambi and
the son of Vaiyaghrapadi. The son of Vaiyaghrapadi from the son of Kanvi
and the son of Kapi. The son of Kapi

Yajur Veda, Brihadaranyaka Upanishad VI, V-The Line of Teachers, 1

From the son of Atreyi. The son of Atreyi from the son of Gautami. The
son of Gautami from the son of Bharadvaji. The son of Bharadvaji from
the son of Parasari. The son of Parasari from the son of Vatsi. The
son of Vatsi from the son of another Parasan.. The son of this Parasan
from the son of Varkaruni. The son of Varkaruni from the son of another
Varkaruni. The son of this Varkaruni from the son of Artabbagi. The son
of Artabbagi from the son of Saungi. The son of Saungi from the son of
Sankriti. The son of Sankriti from the son of Alambayani.

Yajur Veda, Brihadaranyaka Upanishad VI, V-The Line of Teachers, 2

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