March 2011 Volume 1 Issue 3
Maryam Morrison Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is one of the foremost teachers of meditation. Since he began teaching meditation in 1955 his transcendental meditation movement has been practised by an estimated 5 million people worldwide. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is credited as the author of at least 14 books. The most important books are the Science of Being and the Art of Living: Transcendental Meditation and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the Bhagavad-Gita.
“When you are appreciating creation as much as the Creator, then the Creator will ask, ‘Who is appreciating my creation as much as me” Let me see this person” Art work by Maryam Morrison
Guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
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world of dreams
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“Happiness is when you are within yourself, when you just being who you are and live simple life”, said Baharamji in one of his interview, and he is sending this message through his music in every song. He was born in 1952 in the Kurdish city of Kermanshah in Persia, where Sufism melodies are very familiar. His passion for music and art goes further back than when he was just 13 years old. He learned the Persian instrument call Santoor which is known to create the sound of emptiness. He performed at several places in his hometown.
Bahramji Who his mystic voice
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Leaving Persia in 1977 to India and later on to Europe had some impact to his music style. Bahramji was creating a new line of melody that had a traditional style but a meditative sphere of embracing love and ambient atmosphere of pure ecstasy as many of his fans refer. Beside Santoor, he started to play the Persian Settar and The Nay. His inspiration came from Rumi the mystic Poet form Persia, this leaded him to sing songs using the words of Rumi. Bahramji a man with an uplifting voice was a man of abundance, he loved India and admired their culture, but the universe have a plan for him, so, after living and performing in India for a long period, he discovered the quiet Island of Ibiza in Spain. Moving to Ibiza in 2003 he met many other musicians, Dj’s and
producers. In 2004 he made the album “Call the Mystic” . Music is a big part of Bahramji’s life, he once said “Music is more than the notes, the instruments are used the notes are used, and the sound are used. To create a silence between two sounds. That silence is the music to be born. Gratitude is your sensitivity toward the universe, to existence. Music is my sensitivity, silence between two sounds is music. Between two words is poetry”. The energy flow in Bahramji music creates a meditative melody with the great experiencing in the slow magical trance. As some of his fan quoted on his music “Bahramji music let love leads your soul in a deepest monastery retreat”, “Beats symbolized the rhythm of life, the rhythm of the body, the heat”. Some of his great albums that can be call here are; Sufiyan, Master & Disciple, Sufi Safir, Call of the Mystic. Bahramji new cd call “Divaneh” will be realse in spring. It is an amazing work with Mads Nordheim (Mashti) , it will be published by Blue Flame records. The cd is a combination of middlel eastern melody (Indian, Persian and Kurdish) influences full of joy, rhythm and celebration. ‘It contains some meditative songs as well and children stories mixed with
traditional melodies of my childhood in Kermanshah’, says Bahramj, “I hope all my friends and fans will enjoy this album as much as we do. with my love, and respect to all of you”. For more information of Bahramji’s cds and music, please visit; www.bahramji.com or in face book; http://www.facebook.com/ profile.php?id=100001469696564&sk=phot os#!/Bahramji
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Persian New Year
In harmony with the rebirth of nature, the persian New Year Celebration, or NOROOZ, always begins on the first day of spring. It symbolic representations of two ancient concepts the End and the Rebirth, or Good and Evil.
Nourouz Nourouz means new day in farsi, is the celebration of spring equinox. It is the most cherished of all the Iranian festivals and is celebrated by all. This occasion has been renowned in one form or another by all the major cultures of ancient Mesopotamia. What we have today as Norouz with its uniquely Iranian characteristics has been celebrated for at least 3,000 years and is deeply rooted in the rituals and traditions of the Zoroastrian belief system in the 6 THEEDENMAGAZINE.COM â€˘ March 2011
Sassanid period. This was the religion of ancient Persia before the advent of Islam in 7th century A.D. The familiar concepts of Hell, Heaven, Resurrection, coming of the Messiah, individual and last judgment were for the first time incorporated into this belief system. They still exist in Judo-Christian and Islamic traditions. In order to understand Nourouz we have to understand Zoroastriansâ€™ cosmology.
Celebration of spring equinox In their ancient text, Bundahishn (foundation of creation), we read that Ahura Mazda (Ahura Mazda) residing in eternal light was not God. He created all that was good and became God. The Hostile Spirit, Angra Mainyu (Ahriman), residing in eternal darkness created all that was evil and became the Hostile Spirit (The word anger in English comes from the same origin). Everything that produced, protected and enriched life was regarded as good. This included all forces of nature beneficial to humans. Earth, waters, sky, animals, plants, justice, honesty, peace, health, beauty, joy and happiness belonged to the good forces. All that threatened life and created disorder belonged to the hostile spirits. The two worlds did not have a material form but the essence of everything was present. The two existed side by side for 3,000 years, but were completely separate from each other. At the end of the third millennium the Hostile Spirit attacked the good world. This was the beginning of all troubles we face today, according to Zoroastrian world view. In order to protect his world, Ahura Mazda created the material world Gaeity, (geety in modern Persian). This material world was created in seven different stages. The first creation was the sky, a big chunk of stone high above. The second was the first ocean at the bottom. Earth a big flat dish sitting on the ocean was
the third. The next three creations were the prototypes of all life forms. The first plant, the first animal a bull and the first human Gayo-maretan (Kiomarth, in common name for males in modern Persian), both male and female. The seventh creation was fire and sun together. In order to protect his creations, Ahura Mazda also created six holy immortals (Amesha Spenta), one for each of his creations in the material world. Khashtra (Sharivar), the protector of the sky, Asha-Vahishta (Ordibehesht in modern Persian) protected fire. Vahu Manah (Bahman) for all animals, Haurvatat (Khordad) protected all waters, Spenta Armaiti (Esphand) a female deity became protector of mother earth and Ameratat (Amurdad or Mordad) supported all plant life. Ahura Mazda himself became the protector of all humans and the Holy Fire. There was one problem with this material world: it did not have a life cycle. The sun did not move. There were no days or nights and no seasons. The three prototypes of life were sacrificed. From the plant came the seeds of all plants. The bull produced all animals and from the human came the first male and female. The rest of humanity was created from their union. The cycle of life started. The sun moved, there was day, night and the seasons. This was the first Noruz. Zoroaster (Zardosht) the architect of this cosmology introduced many feasts, 7 THEEDENMAGAZINE.COM â€˘ March 2011
festivals and rituals to pay homage to the seven creations, the holy immortals and Ahura Mazda. The seven most important ones are known as Gahambars, the feasts of obligation. The last and the most elaborate was Noruz, celebrating Ahura Mazda and the Holy Fire at the spring equinox.
Modern Iranians still carry out the springcleaning and celebrate Chahar-Shanbeh Suri (Wednesday Suri). Bon fires are made and all people will jump over the fire in the evening of the last Tuesday of the year. This is a purification rite and Iranians believe by going over the fire they will get rid of all illnesses and misfortunes. This The oldest archaeological record for festival did not exist before Islam in this Nourouz celebration comes from the form and very likely is a combination of Achaemenian (Hakhamaneshi) period more than one ritual. over 2,500 years ago. Achaemenians had four major residences one for each The ancient Zoroastrians would also celeseason. Persepolis was their spring brate the first five days of Noruz, but it was residence and the site for celebrating the sixth day that was the most important the New Year. Stone carvings show the of all. This day was called the Great Noruz king seated on his throne receiving his (Noruz-e bozorg) and is assumed to be the subjects, governors and ambassadors birthday of Zoroaster himself. Zoroastrifrom various nations under his control. ans today still celebrate this day, but it has They are presenting him with gifts and lost its significance for other Iranians. In paying homage to him. We do not know the Sassanid period, the New Year would much about the details of the rituals. be celebrated for 21 days and on the 19th We do know that mornings were spent day there would be another major festival. praying and performing other religious rit- At all times there were feasts, prayers, uals. Later on during the day the guests dance, plays and jokers. Haji Firouz might would be entertained with feasts and cel- be what is left of the ancient festivities. ebrations. Men color their face black, dress in colorful outfits and appear in public dancing What we have today as Nourouz goes and singing joyful and merry songs. back to the Sassanid period. They formed the last great Persian empire before the Modern Iranians celebrate the New Year advent of Islam. Their celebrations would for 13 days. It is customary for all to take start ten days prior to the New Year. They a bath and cleanse themselves thoroughly believed the guardian angels (forouhars before Noruz. This is a purification rite but or farvahars) and spirits of the dead would has lost its meaning in modern times. come down to earth within these ten days to visit humans. A major spring-cleaning New garments are worn to emphasize was carried out to welcome them with freshness. This is very important since feasts and celebrations. Bon fires would Nourouz is a feast of hope and renewal. be set on rooftops at night to indicate to Families stay home and wait for the start the spirits and the angels that humans of the New Year which starts at the exact were ready to receive them. This festival time of the spring equinox, called Sal Tahwas called Suri. vil between the 19th and 21st of March. 8 THEEDENMAGAZINE.COM â€˘ March 2011
A few days prior to the New Year, a special cover is spread on to the Persian carpet or on a table in every Persian household. This ceremonial table is called cloth of seven dishes, (each one beginning with the Persian letter cinn). The number seven has been sacred in Iran since the ancient times, and the seven dishes stand for the seven angelic heralds of life-rebirth, health, happiness, prosperity, joy, patience, and beauty. The symbolic dishes consist of: sprouts, representing rebirth. Samanu is a pudding in which common wheat sprouts are transformed and given new life as a sweet, Seeb means apple and represents health
and beauty. Senjed the sweet, dry fruit of the Lotus tree, represents love. Seer which is garlic in Persian, represents medicine. Somaq sumac berries, represent the color of sunrise; with the appearance of the sun Good conquers Evil. Serkeh or vinegar, represents age and patience. So, Happy Nourouz to all.
Article; by Maâ€™sumeh Price Retrieved from; CAIS The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
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Vafa Animal Shelter Vafa Shelter was Founded in 2004. The Vafa Animal Shelter is the first animal shelter in Iran. We are dedicated to providing help and shelter to injured and homeless animals in Iran. The Vafa shelter is a nongovernment charity organization relying solely on private donations and volunteers. We are located in the town of Hashtgerd, about an hour and a half west of Tehran. In 2003 Ms. Fatemeh Motamedi, a long time ani-
mal rights advocate, established a non-governmental organization (NGO) to protect animal rights. She considered establishing a the first shelter in Iran. She thought to herself, Why shouldn’t Iran have animal shelters like other countries? To achieve her goal, she joined forces with the country’s nature and animal lovers. Both groups share similar values so working together seemed like a sensible plan.
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1. To Caring for and protecting animals and the environment as integral elements of the ecosystem. 2. Providing suitable living situations for pets and wildlife and protecting their natural environments. 3. Attending to sick and homeless animals by providing veterinary services and food. 4. Protecting endangered species and the ecosystem. 5. Educating society about the importance of protecting and preserving the environment and educating to improve society’s relationship with the animals. 6. Raising people’s Consciousness in regard to caring for the health of animals. 7. Reporting news of the living situations of pets and wildlife; exposing violators and abusers of animals and of the environmen.
With fatemeh’s deep love for all animals, Vafa shalter is currently home for over 400 dogs.
Seda Story By; Solmaz Tarrahi Tabriz
shelter. I was the oldest dog there and every body respected me. Solmaz, another member of the Center for Animal Lovers, loved me especially well. We became good friends and I waited for her every Friday. She brought me treats and special food. I am happy for being here. I was a lucky dog! In my last years of life I enjoyed respect and a comfortable life, thanks to Vafa Shelter. Seda passed away of old age on September 20, 2006 in peace and quiet after being in our shelter for 2 years.
My name is Seda. In Persian, it means “voice”. Sharareh, who is one of the members of the Center for Animal Lovers, found me almost dead and chose this name for me… because I was barking so much. When I was a young dog, I was a shepherd dog and my owner loved me very much, but, unfortunately, he passed away and his sons sold all the sheep and abandoned me. I was an old dog, wandering the deserts. One day, when I was crossing the road, a car hit me. I don’t remember what happened after that. I thought I was going to die. But, God helped me. A miracle happened!
please open your hearts and give these beautiful dogs a second chance. “Adopt a Vafa Dog” please contact : Farah Ravon email@example.com To contact: Vafa website; http://cal.ir/main Facebook page; http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vafa-Animal-Shelter/212270544782
A wonderful lady with two boys came upon me, and she asked the boys to help move me to her car. I remember that when they put me in the car, one of the boys said, “you are so lucky; you are going to get a ride in a very nice car!” The lady transferred me to her home; the only thing I remember is that I drank a lot of water that night. She took care of me very well, but I was barking so much that the neighbors complained, so she had to transfer me to the Vafa
retrived from http://www.cal.ir/
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Farah Ravon A successful business woman, a wife and above all
An animal advocate
n Iranian native who moved to UK when she was 13 years old. At age 16 she moved to USA and settled in at San Fransisco Bay area. It was here that I met the love of my life at age 17, and our fate stood its course and we were married 8 years later. Farah says, together, they share similar passions in life for traveling and embracing foreign cultures. Among her favorite ways to relax from working at a Silicon Valley high-tech company, are entertaining and cooking ethnic Persian cuisine with friends and family, hiking with my dog Rosie, helping with the local rescue group.
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I’m actively and compassionately involved within my community. I’ve worked with CASA (a child advocate program), Badrap.org (Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pitbulls) and now I administer the facebook site for Vafa Animal Shelter (based in Iran), and handle their international adoptions, Farah refers. Currently she is working as Yahoo! Executive Assistant. Farah had the opportunity to speak up on behalf of Vafa Animal shelter with a few local news agencies and Iranian Satellite TV stations. Farah attended in several interviews and TV. shows, on her interview with San Freansisco Examiner’s Shelly Frost says; It’s hard to decide whether I was blessed or cursed to make my way to Vafa Animal Shelter, says Farah Ravon, the only animal shelter/sanctuary in Iran. It is situated on a 4,000 square meter plot in Hashtgerd, near Karaj. They have the capacity to house 50 to 60 dogs. It was all good in the beginning when they started with a few dogs, but before they knew it they found themselves in high demand of abandoned and abused dogs in desperate need of medical attention, a meal or even just a safe place to recover from abuses and harassments. The dedicated ‘angels’ who manage and volunteer at Vafa Shelter now house over 300 dogs who were lucky enough to be adopted by them.
Caring for dogs comes from a love for dogs. The love for dogs comes naturally, so one thing leads to another. It is important to love ALL animals and respect life no matter how small or large. Dogs have been loyal friends and companions of humans for thousands of years, and history attests to that, their comradeship with humans has been permanently carved and painted on the walls of ancient temples, pottery, and clay tablets/papyrus leafs. In Iran, the word for dog is “sag”. “Sag” is a modern derivative of the word “Sa-Yak” which means “se” and “yek” (“three” and “one”). The ancient Iranians/Persians believed that 1/3 of the essence of the dog was human, thus the name. Farah refer her religous as “Being Kind and Giving”. Website: innerlifegallery.com/Farah_Ravon Facebook: facebook.com/fravon
In Memory of beloved Rostam The oldest dog in Vafa Shelter
Rostam left his earthly body on Febauray/09/2011. He was an old man in every way and with his huge figure he was always looked up to by all the other dogs. Rostam died in peace and of old age. His memory will always be with us... Farah Azari & Vafa Team
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Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu, Buddhist, sufi, or zen. Not any religion or cultural system. I am not from the East or the West, not out of the ocean or up from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not composed of elements at all. I do not exist, am not an entity in this world or in the next, did not descend from Adam and Eve or any origin story. My place is placeless, a trace of the traceless. Neither body or soul. I belong to the beloved, have seen the two worlds as one and that one call to and know, first, last, outer, inner, only that breath breathing human being. Art by Maryam Morrison
The essence of all religions is to reach God or the Truth, or the Absolute Reality. The religions are like different rivers flowing into the same Sea. They may have different ways, but the destination is the same. Mevlana Rumi’s message is still relevant after seven hundred years. Rumi was a great thinker/philosopher, poet, or Sufi in present day Turkey. I read this about Mevlana Rumi written by a journalist some years ago “If one were to ask Mevlana Rumi what exactly he was he might say “nothing but a lover of God”. Mevlana Rumi around the age of 37 came in contact with a very spiritual figure known 14 THEEDENMAGAZINE.COM • March 2011
as Shams Tabriz meaning The Sun of Tabriz (Tabriz a place in Asia). People say he was a wandering dervish in search of a companion who could share his gnosis and be a mirror to him, but in truth no one but Mavlana Rumi knew his secret. After meeting with Shams, Mevlana took a retreat from his daily life. He stopped teaching at the institute where he was in the modern sense the Chair of the college. He would spend days and night with Shams mediating upon the Eternal Truth not meeting his family and spiritual disciples for many days at length. After Mevlana Rumi’s meeting with Shams
Mevlana said this about him “Today I have seen the God I have worshipped all my life in human form” and at another place he said that Shams was no ordinary vagabond he looked, he was an educated and well off Chemist who had left his profession in search of the divine truth. Eventually, Shams disappeared. It is said that Mavlana Rumi’s jealous disciples murdered him. No one really knows what happened to Shams but his effect on Mevlana Rumi had been that of a catalyst, Rumi was transformed. This separation appeared to be a separation of two humans but in reality it was the separation of men and God. Just like man has never been happy since he left his place of origin, he finds satisfaction only in the remembrance of God, likewise Mevlana Rumi longed for reunion with God. Professor William C. Chittick writes this of their separation “Separation from Shams was but the appearance; separation from the Divine Beloved was the reality.” Mevlana went into a state of ecstasy after this separation and would not meet anyone for many days’, singing and dancing day and night, remembering the Divine Beloved. Poetry poured from his lips, which eventually was collected into collections such as the Mathnavi, Divan-e-Shams-i Tabrizi and Rubaiyaat. In Mevlana Rumi’s own words “I was the country’s sober ascetic, I used to teach from the pulpit - but destiny made me one of Thy hand clapping Lovers:” from the Divan. Professor Nasr interprets the meeting and separation of Mevlana Rumi as “ It seems that Shams was a divinely sent spiritual influence which in a sense “exteriorized”
Rumi’s inner contemplative states in the form of poetry and set the ocean of his being into a motion which resulted in vast waves that transformed the history of Persian literature.” Mevlana Rumi not only transformed the history of Persian literature but also fulfilled the prophecy of the great Sufi poet Fariduddin Attar (author of Conference of the Birds) who said to Mevlana Rumi’s father “soon this son of thine will set the spiritual aspirants of this world afire. Even after his disappearance Shams remained alive in Mevlana’s heart. Mevlana Rumi probably never believed in Shams death and therefore went two times to Damascus in search of him. It is said that once a person came to Mevlana and told him that he had seen Shams. Mevlana gave away his cloak to him upon which his son said that this man is lying only to make you happy. At which Mevlana said, “I have given away my robe for a lie, I would give my life for the truth.” Finally Mevlana came to the conclusion that Shams was within himself and said, ”Though in body I am far from him, without body and spirit we two are one light . Since I am he and he is I, why do I seek? We are one, now I will sing of myself” After Shams disappearance Mevlana Rumi left teaching at the university and only taught his spiritual disciples the path of Love/Sufism. He continued his inspired poetry till his last breath. Mevlana Rumi’s name has now become very famous in the West. By Talha Jafri ~ courtesy: www.boloji.com 15 THEEDENMAGAZINE.COM • March 2011
10 Things you can do to fight Global Warming! Share these simple steps with friends and family & increase awareness.
•Recycle & buy minimally package goods as much as possible. •Wash clothes in cold or warm water, not hot. •Install low-flow shower heads to use less water. •Run the dishwasher only when full & don’t use heat to dry dishes. •Replace standard light bulbs with compact Fluorescent bulbs. •Plug air leaks in windows & doors to increase energy efficiency. •Replace old appliances with energy-efficient models. •Walk, bike, carpool or use public transportation whenever possible. •Adjust your thermostat-lower in winter, higher in summer. 16 THEEDENMAGAZINE.COM • March 2011
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arzad Golpayegani was born in May 1979 in Tehran/Iran. He is son of late Behzad Golpayegani (Painter & Graphic Designer 1938-1985). Farzad is graduated in Graphic Design and works in the fields of Music and Visual
He started to learn Painting and Graphics in the high school of Art. Style of his drawing and paintings are close to Surrealism and Expressionism. He has had several painting and drawing exhibitions so far. Additinal to Painting, Farzad’s owes his passion to music to his older brother. He is painter, composer, and graphic designer. You can see his talent through his art and his music. To know Farzad’s work visit his website and facebook page. Farzad currently lives in Istanbul, Turkey. http://www.facebook.com/farzad.golpayegani 18 THEEDENMAGAZINE.COM • March 2011
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PAWS-Mumbai Plant & Animals Welfare Society in Mumbai
Plant & Animals Welfare Society Mumbai (PAWS-Mumbai) is anindependently registered (NGO) Non Government Organisation that wasfounded in 2002 by some like minded youth who came forward with avision of making a difference. Their motto aptly reads: “Together we can, and we will make a difference”. They began by working for animal welfare and environment protection by involving other youth and reaching out to student groups to support their movement. PAWS Mumbai first started off as a small first aid and rescue group that wouldhelp injured and sick animals, many of whom were hit-and-run cases,street animals that had been injured and attended rescue calls too from a slum area near Bhandup in the city of Mumbai, India. 20 THEDENMAGAZINE.COM • March 2011
That was then, the organisation has now grown into a major movement in Mumbai. Not only has it received recognition from the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), Ministry of Environment & Forests (Govt. of India) but it’s also associated with Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), U.K. and affiliated to the World Animal Net Directory, U.S.A. and the International Organization for Animal Protection (OIPA), Italy. When PAWS-Mumbai was started they not even had basic infrastructure or funds but just will power and few like minded people who want to dosomething for voiceless creature & want to save environment. They started taking injured small animals & birds to nearest centre
orclinic in bike or auto rickshaw.People started knowing their dedicated work which they are doing to save animals. An Animal lover Brinda Upadhyay had given first ambulance to run in July 2005 in the memory of Late Smt Satya Sharma to PAWS-Mumbai. This was their first achievement and which they were using for both to transport injured & sick animals to nearest centers as well as to transport rescued wildlife. In 2007 PAWS-Mumbai received 2nd Ambulance from Rajan Datar, Director of Datar Power Management Pvt. Ltd., with this Ambulance they especially started attending calls of wildlife rescue and helping forest department in transporting rescued wildlife. PAWS-Mumbai is only group in Mumbai which is run by youth with involving students & youngsters into its movement and their vision is “Together We Can & We Will Make a Difference”. They had used Right to Information (RTI) toexpose many wrong thing which is been done on animals and they alsoinspect Zoo, Circus on behalf of concerned department and report is also been send for further action. There HAWO investigate the case of cruelty and help the local authority like police & forest department to take action against the offenders for the same. It’s USP lies in the fact that it is only group in Mumbai run by the youth, that works especially to help the cause of wildlife rescue. Incidentally, PAWS-Mumbai also helps to rehabilitate wildlife, with the assistance of the wildlife department. This is especially important in a city like
Mumbai where large numbers of areas are being developed every day, leaving little or no green cover for snakes and other wildlife that are common visitors to residential areas. The PAWS-Mumbai Wildlife Rescue Team attends rescue calls and educates residents about snakes, most of whom
are non-poisonous and not a danger to people. PAWS-Mumbai also runs an ambulance service* for stray dogs and rescue wildlife too. Working in a city like Mumbai is tough work and the PAWS-Mumbai teamtries to be on the ball in every way. Recently the team members usedthe Right to Information Act to gain access to certain information andexposed several illegal activities involving animals. It also organises vaccination camps for stray dogs and cats. Every year, the team help, rescue and rehabilitate over more than 1000 animals. Inaddition to this the PAWS-Mumbai also organises tree plantation driveand has taken up cudgels on behalf of those protesting illegal tree cutting in Mumbai, which is sometimes carried out by residents andeven the authorities at times. 21 THEEDENMAGAZINE.COM • March 2011
PAWS-Mumbai featured in “Limca Book of Records 2009” as “Youth forAnimals”, In February 2006: www.karmayog.org had selected as ”Nonprofit of the Month” and received Certificate for Outstanding Service to Society in the field of “Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation”. In 2010 featured in “India Book of Records” & also received Best NGO Award 2010 from Newspaper Association of India. As PAWS-Mumbai doesn’t have a center where they can house and help injured animals recover, most volunteers take the animal victims homeand treat them or send them to the nearest shelter or hospital. PAWS-Mumbai and its band of little volunteers have received several letters of appreciation and awards for their work. PAWS-Mumbai is also supported by celebrities like; Pooja Bhatt, Carlyta Mouhini, Seema Rahmani, Shayan Munshi, Nataliya Kozhenova, Maria Tage, Sambhavna Seth, Rashmi Pitre, Aarti Surendranath, and Kiran Dubey are few of them.
Even if they have no center or office, they are doing many things to save animals & Trees from their volunteer’s home but their dream is to make “Animal Care Center” of their own where they can keep rescuedanimals and for treatment till it fit to release. They need your helping hand to go a long way. To contact Paws-Mumbai visit;
www.pawsmumbai.org or E-Mail:
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Your magical world of Dreams
What our Dreams tell us By: Diane Brandon
After exploring about how dream mainfest in our life, Diane took us to the journey of fascinating aspect of dreams and told us “that any one dream can have several different meanings – and all of them equally valid meanings for the dreamer”. now Diane going to take us more in deep to the meaning of each individual’s dream. 24 THEDENMAGAZINE.COM • March 2011
o, sharpen up those intuitive pencils and let’s start tackling those dreams!
After you’ve determined what type(s) of dream you’re working with, you’ll want to follow these steps: 1. Ask yourself (or the dreamer) how you (or he/she) felt about the dream, both upon waking and in retrospect. Was it pleasure, fear, anxiety, optimism, relief, etc.? Our feelings about our dreams are keys to their meanings. 2. Allow yourself to get into a very relaxed state of consciousness and clear your mind as you go over the dream’s unfolding sequentially in your mind (or as the dreamer relates the dream to you, if it’s not your dream). What things go through your mind as you review or listen to the dream? What is evoked? What percolates up from your subconscious? 3. Instead of focusing on how “bizarre” the dream seems, approach it as a very rich, cogent, and, yes, respectable event. If we are just focusing on the bizarre quality of dreams, this serves to distract us from their credible validity and the richness in insight they can offer to us 4. Then work with each symbol in the dream independently. Focus on a symbol, while asking yourself (or the dreamer), “What does this mean to me (or you)?” For example, we might feel that coins in a dream signify riches. However, if the dreamer’s husband was a coin collector, the symbol may also be saying something about the dreamer’s husband or their
relationship. I once had someone relate a dream to me that she had had, very upset because there was a cat in the dream and someone had told her that a cat in a dream means death(!). When I asked this woman how she felt about cats, she replied, “Oh, I love cats!” Well, obviously for her the cat in her dream did not necessarily mean death! Remember, too, that any one symbol can have more than one valid meaning. 5. Ask yourself what the general theme of the dream is. What area(s) of your (or the dreamer’s) life is it related to – work, relationships, childhood, etc.? 6. Go over each “story” segment of the dream and work to understand it as a discrete little unit. 7. Put all the pieces, or segments, of the dream and their meanings together. What picture emerges? How does each segment relate to other segments? 8. Pay attention to any words or phrases that are prominent in the dream. Puns and plays on words are common in dreams and often meaningful. 9. Look for any elements that may have particular significance for you (or the dreamer). What do these elements mean? (For example, a numerologist may have numbers pop up in dreams and these numbers may have numerological significance that contributes to the dream’s meaning(s), or a florist may have flowers or plants appear prominently that may have significance.) 25 THEEDENMAGAZINE.COM • March 2011
10. Look at the other people who appear in the dream. How do you (or the dreamer) feel about each person? Further meaning may be gained by also looking at each person as you (or the dreamer). Are these people parts of yourself (or the dreamer) that are embraced, disowned, or suppressed? 11. Remember, again, that any one dream can have several different meanings. What different meanings does the dream have? What pictures emerge? What is the dream telling you? Working with our dreams and practicing dream interpretation can take time and patience. However, we gain more skill and confidence over time. It can definitely be helpful to keep a dream journal of significant dreams that you’ve had, with the plan of rereading them periodically.
material and, interestingly, we all have our own individual dream signatures, types of dreams unique to us. Some people have fairly straightforward, short dreams, while others have long epic, complicated, and interwoven oeuvres. As much as I enjoy interpreting dreams for others, I get just about as much enjoyment seeing dreamers’ “ahas” of realization, when they suddenly see their dream make sense to them. Dreams can give us answers we’ve been looking for. Dreams have even saved people’s lives when they’ve had heavily symbolic dreams that turned out to be about health conditions they had been unaware of, such as cancer!
Often when we go back and read over dreams that we’ve had a year or more ago, we can gain even more insight. We often understand our dreams even more and realize the issues that were being expressed. Going back over former dreams can also give us perspective on the shifts we’ve subsequently made in our lives, how we’ve evolved and grown.
Allowing yourself to explore your dreams and understand them can open up whole new vistas and dimensions for you – and definitely enrich your life. You can understand yourself more and feel more in control of your life. You can demystify those nighttime enigmas – and maybe even save your life! You can even have fun! So, allow yourself to go on a “magical mystery tour” of dream exploration!
Dreams represent wonderful and abundant
Diane Brandon is an Integrative Intuitive Counselor, speaker, and workshop leader, who also specializes in dream interpretation. She’s the author of Invisible Blueprints and hosts “Naturally Vibrant Living” on Webtalkradio.net. More information on her work may be found at www.dianebrandon.com and www.dianebrandon.net. She may be contacted by email, including for appointment scheduling, at firstname.lastname@example.org 26 THEDENMAGAZINE.COM • March 2011
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