VIDEO: RENOVATION OF THE STUPA OF INTRINSIC TRANSFORMATION
For the second year, lead project manager Silver Ra of Denton, TX, spearheaded the ongoing renovation of the Stupa of Intrinsic Transformation that resides in Big Indian, NY. Some 9 to 12 people per day — mostly from Texas — contributed their time and energies over a six week period to repairs of the second tier that necessitated repouring a new concrete slab. The stupa was originally built in the 70s in honor of Rudi (Swami Rudrananda), and Silver Ra was the original architect and leader builder back then, Silver Ra sees the stupa as a healing force in the universe… READ MORE >>
VIDEO: RUDI SHRINE GETS A COPPER ROOF
After several decades of slow deterioration the Big Indian Rudi Shrine has received a new copper roof that was handcrafted by Ken St. John. He learned his craft from a master tinsmith back in 1929. After four months of work the shrine that covers the Rudi statue overlooking the Big Indian pond now shimmers on the hill. Says Bruce Denny: “This roof is our contribution to maintaining Rudi’s legacy for generations yet to come. This will last for maybe a hundred years, and we’ll be long gone, but this will be here.”..” READ MORE >>
MESSAGE FROM JOHN MANN 2016
John Mann give us this message for 2016. John Says: “This is the concluding report on the outcome for the offer I made three years ago regarding the donation of the property at Big Indian to a new endowed not-for-profit. I wanted to make it as direct and interpersonal as possible so it is being done in this form as a short video. I want to acknowledge with appreciation the efforts that were made both to create a not-for-profit, and of course to raise the necessary funds…” READ MORE >>
MESSAGE FROM LAMA RANGBAR
Big Indian is going through a major rejuvenation and rebirth this year with the influx of work projects and the second year of Stupa restoration in August. In a NEW VIDEO Lama Rangbar warmly invites students and teachers of the Rudi community and beyond to consider participating in this nonpartisan rebirth. A Big Indian work weekend is scheduled for August 5-7. READ MORE >>
RUDI MOVIE HD: NOW AVAILABLE
The Rudi Movie is now available in HD streaming through Vimeo which makes it available worldwide at a very affordable price in gorgeous, high-quality HD playback on the desktop, mobile, tablet, and TV. The footage has finally been up-rezed to HD, and has received many months of intensive color correction and tweaking. The Rudi Movie will continue to also be offered on DVD. READ MORE >>
After many years of aging and deterioration the stupa is now moving into a remarkable new phase of restoration and revitalization under the guidance of Silver Ra and the support of Lama Rangbar. At the end of August Silver Ra and seven others trekked from Denton, TX, to Big Indian, NY. READ MORE >>
MARIAMMA STATUE CONSECRATION CEREMONY
In August, 2015, the Bodhivastu Foundation held the extremely rare event of the consecration ceremony of the extraordinary Mariamma statue now residing in Big Indian, NY. Lama Rangbar explains the significance and importance of this event, as led by Acharya Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche. READ MORE >>
OPEN YOUR EYES WITHIN
Open Your Eyes Within by Acharya Premananda (formerly Swami Ganeshananda) opens a doorway into the heart of the pure awareness that is at our core. Written in simple, straight-forward language Acharya Premananda’s teachings arise from his own direct insight into the Self. Openly sharing his own trials and inner revelations along the spiritual path, Premananda also describes with remarkable clarity and simplicity the extraordinary practice which he received from Rudi. READ MORE >>
MESSAGE FROM JOHN MANN 2015
John Mann wrote this 2013 vision statement concerning the future of Big Indian: “As the current owner of the land in Big Indian and passing my 85th birthday I must look to the potential future of this place. What I see as a highest and best use is the transformation of the property into a Sanctuary, a sacred space to which all may come if they approach with sincerity and reverence, a pilgrimage site providing an endless source of spiritual nourishment….” Mr. Mann gives us this 2015 update… READ MORE >>
WEARING GOD’S MALA: THE SEVA SUTRAS
The new book Wearing God’s Mala: The Seva Sutras, composed by Swami Khecaranatha offers profound insight into the practice of Kundalini Sadhana through the lens of selfless service. Khecaranatha, a student of Rudi’s, asserts that serving God is one of the pivotal means by which we express and actualize our wish to know the highest Consciousness within us. READ MORE >>
“BEHIND THE COSMIC CURTAIN” BOOK
Beyond The Cosmic Curtain by John Mann was first published in 1984, and was an instant hit with students and friends of Rudi. Through the generosity of the author the print version of the book is available once again! For a LIMITED-TIME only, Behind The Cosmic Curtain is available for FREE or PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT + shipping… READ MORE >>
BIG INDIAN AS SANCTUARY
Bruce Rubin writes: With the goal of sustaining the Big Indian property as an ongoing spiritual sanctuary, open to followers of Rudi and his practice, a not-for-profit organization is being created. This group will assume the responsibility of maintaining the site of Rudi’s shrine, the stupa, the classroom and the Nityananda statue for years and hopefully decades to come. To endow this endeavor, students of Rudi are being asked to donate a piece of artwork, which they had purchased from Rudi, to an auction of Eastern Art to be conducted by Sotheby’s in the Fall of 2015…. READ MORE >>
JOHN MANN INTERVIEW
On Nov. 1, 2014, John Mann was interviewed on “The Mystical Positivist” radio show by Stuart Goodnick & Dr. Robert Schmidt. The two-hour interview broadcast on KOWS-LP FM in Occidental, CA, covers many topics, including Dr. Mann’s reflections on his new book, Before The Sun: Meeting Rudi, and his time with Rudi. The podcast is presented in two 0ne-hour editions for easy listening…
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MARIAMMA STATUE PAVILION BUILT
On Oct. 3-5, 2014, a pavilion was built above the Mariamma statue under the guidance of Lama Rangbar and the foremanship of Michael Northrop from Sai Maa’s community in Albany, NY. Mr. Northrup was assisted by both Matt Gutchell and Larry Powers who brought their professional skills to the project. Many individuals from both the Bodhivastu community and Rudi community contributed time and energy to the project…. READ MORE >>
MESSAGE FROM JOHN MANN 2014
John Mann wrote this 2013 vision statement concerning the future of Big Indian: “As the current owner of the land in Big Indian and passing my 85th birthday I must look to the potential future of this place. What I see as a highest and best use is the transformation of the property into a Sanctuary, a sacred space to which all may come if they approach with sincerity and reverence, a pilgrimage site providing an endless source of spiritual nourishment….” Much has happened in a year’s time, and tremendous progress made. Mr. Mann gives us this 2014 update… READ MORE >>
BEFORE THE SUN: MEETING RUDI
NOW IN PRINT: After a year’s wait John Mann’s new book Before The Sun: Meeting Rudi is now in print as a paperback and eBook. With the release of Before The Sun the fans of 14 Years With My Teacher will not only get to re-read this classic, but will find many new stories of depth and meaning that were deleted from the first edition. New readers will discover an extraordinary and riveting story about what it means to have a teacher of inner work, no matter what their tradition…
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BIG INDIAN CELEBRATION & BOOK SIGNING
On July 27, 2014 there was a celebratory gathering to honor John Mann for caretaking Big Indian for many decades, and to acknowledge his generous gift of part of the land to the not-for-profit Bodhivastu Foundation. The gathering was hosted by Founder and President Lama Rangbar on behalf of the Foundation. The gathering was also a book signing for Mr. Mann’s new book Before The Sun: Meeting Rudi.
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BIG INDIAN REBORN
A new and exciting chapter is beginning for Big Indian as the custodianship of part of the land has been turned over to Bodhivastu Foundation and it’s President and founder, Lama Rangbar Nyimai Özer, a Mantra lineage holder trained in the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition over the past 30 years. Thanks to the efforts of Daniel Subkoff and George Subkoff there was a meet-and-greet day for all interested parties on Saturday, May 31st. Some 60 attendees of both the Lama’s group and teachers & students in Rudi’s tradition gathered on a bright and sunny day to hear what Lama Rangbar had to say. . READ MORE >>
RUDI MEDITATION CLASS VIDEO
In celebration of Rudi’s Birthday, January 24, the Rudi Movie Project is happy to debut the Meditation Class from the DVD. This footage was shot in Rudi’s New York City meditation center in the early 70s. Rudi taught his form of Kundalini yoga through open-eye meditation using a double-breathing exercise as a means to transmit energy.
The new book Shiva’s Trident from Swami Khecaranatha deftly expounds the essence of Rudi’s teachings within the context of Kashmir Shaivism, and particularly, the practice of Anuttara Trika, and includes lots of Rudi stories and quotes. As in his previous book, Heart Of Recognition, Swami Khecaranatha manages to tackle esoteric writings that have confounded many an enthusiastic and devoted reader and makes it not only understandable but relevant with personal insights and interesting stories.
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MESSAGE FROM JOHN MANN 2013
As the current owner of the land in Big Indian and passing my 85th birthday I must look to the potential future of this place. What I see as a highest and best use is the transformation of the property into a sanctuary, a sacred space to which all may come if they approach with sincerity and reverence, a pilgrimage site providing an endless source of spiritual nourishment. This vision is documented in the video and pictures that accompany this message. To some extent they illustrate that this is already the case… READ MORE >>
NEW RUDI VIDEO
A new Rudi video has been released in honor of Rudi’s Samadhi, some four decades later.
NEW RUDI AUDIO RECORDINGS POSTED
A new section of this site is where you can listen to 2-5 min. selected Rudi talks. Here is our current list, and many more to come:
- Reasons For Growing
- Self Esteem
- Asking Deeply
SWAMI KHECARANATHA’S NEW BOOK: HEART OF RECOGNITION
In Heart of Recognition: The Wisdom and Practices of the Pratyabhijna Hrdayam the essence of this eloquent Tantric scripture, written in the eleventh century by Kshemaraja, is brought to life by Swami Khecaranatha’s in-depth commentary. His explanation of this powerful text reveals not only its philosophical meaning but the relevance of its ancient words to the modern reader’s life and spiritual practice. Khecaranatha explores the wisdom and practices embedded in the sutras and how to apply them to one’s own sadhana.
Throughout Heart of Recognition, Swami Khecaranatha reiterates his central message: Our own heart is where we recognize the highest truth in life, which is that we are an individuated expression of the Divine. He illuminates the Tantric exposition of how manifest life arose from Supreme Consciousness, how that Divinity gave birth to us, and the choice each of us has to discover and permanently experience our own connection with our Source.
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CEREMONY FOR NEW RUDI STATUE
On December 27, 2011, Swami Khecaranatha (Nathaji) and the Sacred Space community celebrated the joyful occasion of the installation of a beautiful new Rudi murti (statue) in a PranaPratishta ceremony. (Prana means “breath” and pratishta means “establishing,” so this ceremony is a literal installing of life force within a statue or image, thus bringing it to life.)
Carved from white Egyptian marble, the 42-inch statue was commissioned by Nathaji with donations received from students as part of the celebration of Nathaji’s 60th birthday. The statue was carved in China based on photographs of Rudi, with Nathaji giving detailed instructions to the sculptors throughout the entire fabrication process.
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TWO MORE RUDI RELATED BOOKS AVAILABLE
Depth Over Time: Kundalini MahaYoga: A Path of Transformation and Liberation by Swami Khecaranatha offers a vision of the freedom and liberation available to anyone who is willing to make spiritual growth the primary focus of their life.
Merging With the Divine: One Day At A Time by Swami Khecaranatha This collection of 365 reflections from Swami Khecaranatha, one for each day of the year, offers simple, practical, and profound spiritual guidance for all who want to bring more peace, joy, and understanding into their lives.
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SPIRITUAL CANNIBALISM (EXCERPT)
The following is an excerpt from Rudi’s book Spiritual Cannibalism, the original first edition:
If there is a harder way to do it, please let me know so I can try it; because it must be wonderful. This is a large part of my philosophy. I believe in digging deeply within myself. I try to find some depth untouched by my conscious mind and bring it to the surface to be tested by my life. This polishes and exposes the grain and I know what my true nature is.
When we love someone, it is the flow of our energy washing away the tensions, much like water washing dirt from gold. The flow of life frees us from the depths of tensions, burying us within ourselves…
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TWO NEW RUDI RELATED BOOKS AVAILABLE
Rudi: The Final Moments by Stuart Perrin contains two novellas linked together by a common thread. They are both rite-of-passage stories in which the deaths of a parent and of a teacher force the young protagonists to re-examine their inner lives.
Freedom from the Web of Karma: Spiritual Practice and Growth by Swami Ganeshananda expresses the essence of spiritual practice in a simple and profound way. He demonstrates, with humility and an authenticity based on a lifetime of arduous practice and commitment, the power of opening the heart to discover the God that dwells within it…
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