"Hamsa" is a pure state of mind that relates to a mythical swan. This mythical swan supposedly could drink the milk out of water that was mixed with milk. Hamsa refers to the mind able to filter and absorb the good through the vast inputs before it. When we meditate and go deeper inwards our thinking patterns change and gradually our mind begins to perceive from higher conscious states, like a swan gliding above thought process. When the mind goes inwards and goes beyond to the thoughtless realm of deep meditation, the mind state is called 'Hamsa'.

Yogis who meditate for years together acquire a pure mind state that enables the discipline and insight to choose the right intake of food and herbs. Ganja, as marijuana is called in India, is considered to be a sacred herb of Lord Shiva due to the effect it has on the mind to go inward, with focus.

Ganja, however, is also regarded with reverence. In other words, ganja is to be be smoked exclusively to take the mind to the oneness state. The effect of taking the inward journey through ganja is- ability to transcend the mind, i.e, to go beyond sleep to the sleepless sleep state called turiya by the yogis; to transcend body consciousness, i.e, to go beyond hunger, heat and cold; ability to empower the mind with clarity, insight, creativity and focus. All these effects are actually nearly the opposite effects that one might have when ganja is smoked simply for recreation.

These are steps suggested from the yogic wisdom to enhance the goodness of this sacred herb of higher consciousness ...

1. Keep your stomach light, i.e, ensure a gap of at least two hours before you had a meal. A light stomach enables the mind to climb beyond body consciousness.

2. Sit down and go into the calm space within. Become aware of breath with deeper inhales, longer retentions and stretched exhales.

3. Feel your Soul as the Spirit within. Make a mental offering of the ganja to your Self, the joyful part of you.

4. Inhale breath- Make a straw with your tongue as you inhale. Inhale imagining the breath to be from the tail end of the spine- the root chakra.

5. Retain breath- Hold the breath and slowly visualize the spot above the navel as where the energies are rested.

6. Exhale breath- Exhale with your eyes close and focused on the 'third eye', the spot between the eye brows.

7. Skull breathing: inhale with full lungs, retain breath, bring the focus to the third eye and do short bursts of exhale visualizing the third eye utilizing the diaphragm. Do this a couple of times.

8. Inhale, retain breath and focus in the third eye and say, "Aaaaah" slowly and feel the sound become resonance as you visualize a light in the third eye.

9. Bring your focus into the third eye and find an immense calm space where you are in the moment- no thoughts of tomorrow or yesterday- just the now moment.

10. Say hello to the joyful stillness inside you - this is your soul, the Spirit.

11. Say a mantra that you like or tune into a mantra chant and allow the mind to be absorbed in the chanting that enables the mind to repeat in the same pattern over and over again. This condenses the mind to focus on a single point.

12. Take the ganja to your heart, think of an intent, i.e, like- 'Peace for the world",and feel the ganja being blessed by your favorite deity of worship- Jesus or Allah or Goddess Kali or any entity/being/name who you attribute as Source.

Now smoke the blessed ganja!

Enjoy the sacred inner journey to be a master of higher consciousness. We recommend you to listen to a powerful chant music - Turiya Nada on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads while you take your inner journey into light as a swan. Fly and glide !

Be the Supreme Yogi, the Self Awake - Lord Shiva !

The author Nandhi, is a Siddhar yogi- www.nandhi.com !

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Here is yet another brilliant example of the medicinal use of Marijuana. "Medicinal Cannabis and Its Impact on Human Health" is among a whole lot of documentary films highlighting the medicinal value of the sacred plant demonized by a heavily funded disinformation propaganda campaign aimed at keeping the masses within a limited frequency, easy to control and manipulate !

In this myth shattering, information packed documentary, learn from physicians and leading researchers about medicinal Cannabis and its demonstrated effects on human health.

This game changing movie presents the most comprehensive synopsis to date of the real science surrounding this magical plant !

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"Enquête Sur Le monde Invisible" or "Investigation into the Invisible World" is a 2002 documentary by French director Jean-Michel Roux about the supernatural phenomena of Iceland, especially in towns like Hafnarfjörður and Reykjavik where a large percent of the population believe in Elves, Ghosts and other paranormal entities. Many locals claim to have seen them, and some even claim to engage in frequent contact with them.

The documentary film features discussions with clairvoyants and mediums from Iceland who speak about the relationship between humans and these higher dimensional intelligences.

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The medicinal use of Marijuana and the parallel drug war against the same plant is a classic example of how inane and mindless our society is today.

For most part it is because of our ignorance we are easily lead to believe anything. Here is something about the healing aspects of the plant most people know little about.

Marijuana contains many compounds. One of which is CBD. Put into simple terms that even I can understand, THC is the high and CBD is the relaxation (this misses nuances but will do for a beginning understanding.) And CBD is one of the major cannabis compounds that is effective against cancer. Some doctors are now working under the premise that raw CBD’s work better than that which has been cooked or smoked. In addition, THC needs to be heated to be activated so the raw cannabis doesn’t give the user a high.

We must share this knowledge with others so we can truly heal ourselves naturally of all illnesses without having to visit the doctor. This is something that would put big pharma out of business hence Cannabis still remains illegal in most parts of the world. All this is quickly changing though ... and we are the light bearers, sharing the truth as we know it ... being part of this huge awakening unfolding here now !

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Something about Ganja, Cannabis, Marijuana (call it by any name...) everyone should know, which will perhaps make one ask the question, if its such a bad thing, how come millions have been using the herb for centuries ... a known medicine with the potential to cure all illnesses. Here are some facts we must know, which shine right in our face as the bright light of truth and eternal wisdom.

Historically Cannabis has been found in almost all parts of the world. Besides being grown in the Americas, it's also been found in abundance in Persia, Turkey, China, India and in Africa. In 1855 it was estimated that world-wide almost 300 million people consumed Cannabis in one form or another. This represents a huge percentage of the earth's population at that time.

Throughout history, Cannabis or hemp has had a wide variety of uses. One of the oldest archaeological relics in existence is a piece of cloth made from hemp, found at Catal Huyuk dated about 8,000 B.C.E. The oldest pharmacopoeia, the Pen-Ts'ao Ching, which was complied in China, from ancient fragments existing about 2,3000 B.C.E., mentions hemp as a useful medicine. The historian Diodorus Siculus reported that the women of ancient Egypt used Cannabis as a medicine to relieve sorrow and bad humor. The Ayurvedic physicians of India have long used Cannabis to treat dozens of diseases and medical problems including headaches, menstrual pains, anemia, gout and poor appetite. I have also found Cannabis mentioned in the Indian scripture of the Atharva Veda where its use is considered to "preserve one from disease . . . and prolong the years we have to live".

The ancient Aryans of India who called Cannabis "bhang", indirectly contributed to the naming of the modern Indian state of Bengal. The name Bengal literally means "bhang land". Bangladesh on the other hand means "bhang land people". The people in this area of India have had a long history of using Cannabis to make excellent cloth and medicine for which they were famous.

They also used Cannabis however, in their worship of the deity Shiva. In one of the Tantric Scriptures we find this revealing statement: "Intoxicating drink (containing bhang) is consumed in order to liberate oneself, and that those who do so, in dominating their mental faculties and following the law of Shiva (yoga) - are to be likened to immortals on earth."

In this same scripture we also find a prayer or mantra that is said before one consumes the sacred herb: "Bhava na sana hridayam", which means: "may this sana (Sanskrit for Cannabis) be a blessing to my heart."

"The Grass is Greener", an article by Arvind Kala about the use of Cannabis and Charas in India.

Why doesn’t a globalising India harmonise its drug laws with the rest of the western world? Holland, which legalised cannabis (charas) way back in 1976, has 1200 licensed “coffee shops”where any individual over 18 can buy up to five grams of marijuana — enough for five ‘joints’.

Portugal has no criminal penalties for use, possession and acquisition of even illicit drugs in quantities up to a 10-day supply. Spain, Belgium, and Italy allow a person to use hashish privately. And in Britain’s Brixton area of South London, the police don’t prosecute a marijuana-user, they just confiscate his stuff.

In fact, most of western Europe, Canada, and pockets of the US have concluded that drug-users should be left alone because they harm nobody but themselves.

But in India, an individual with a few grams of charas gets 10 years in jail while the punishment is just seven years for a robbery, kidnapping, or maiming a child for beggary. Not just that, the 10-year sentence comes with a Rs 1 lakh fine, bail during trial is difficult, and a second conviction attracts the death penalty.

The result is that this draconian 1985 law has been an instrument of extortion in the hands of the Indian police for 19 long years. Though the 10-year prison sentence under the NDPS (Narcotic & Psychotropic Substances) Act is supposedly for drug traffickers while users get just one to three years, in practice most offenders are threatened with prosecution as traffickers to make them pay up.

Many of the victims are India’s poorest people like coolies and rickshaw-wallahs who smoke charas or ganja to seek temporary oblivion from the wretchedness of their daily lives.

Arrests under the NDPS increase every year. They rose 10 per cent from 22,866 in 1999 to 25,126 in 2000. Ironically in India, the less serious a crime, the higher is the chance of punishment.

The conviction rate for murder is 35 per cent, it’s 29 per cent for rape, 29 per cent for kidnapping and abduction, but it’s 50 per cent under the NDPS Act. And the cases awaiting trial accumulate with passing years. They numbered nearly 90,000 in the year 2000 and they clog our already over-burdened law courts.

The NDPS Act also hurts India economically. For decades, India has gained tourist dollars from tens of thousands of backpackers who come here for an inexpensive holiday and also to smoke hashish.

In Manali I’ve been witness to how their spending fuels the local economy and enriches the locals. The foreigners rent village rooms, dine at roadside eating houses, buy handicrafts, they hire local motorcycle and local guides to take them trekking, their overseas calls sustain STD booths, and their need for Net access has given birth to Internet cafés.

But the foreign visitors have dropped by 80 per cent because they’ve been scared away by the Manali police cracking down on and extorting money from them.

The backpackers are stopped, searched, and they have to pay good money to avert arrest if they are found with even a tiny amount of hashish.

These horror stories of cop terror have spread through the world’s back-packer communities, so they avoid India and head for fun-filled Thailand or Laos which ignore pot smoking by foreigners because the visitors bring tourist dollars.

So India’s loss becomes Thailand or Laos’ gain. The Manali story of cop harassment is repeated in Goa where back-packers have also dwindled in number.

Why does India harm itself this way? If we want tourist dollars from westerners, our laws must decriminalise personal drug use. If we do this, we may get some of the millions of Europeans, North Americans, and Australians who like the recreational use of hashish or marijuana (ganja).

As a Third World country we are a uniquely placed destination for western backpackers. We are a democracy, lots of us speak English, we have fascinating Godmen, and we are the world’s only Hindu civilisation because India contains 90 per cent of the world’s Hindus. (Nepal is too small to count.) White foreigners feel safe here, but they don’t in Africa or in Islamic countries from the Middle East to Pakistan.

Attracting westerners apart, ganja- and charas-smoking has been a part of Indian village life for centuries. Even today India’s villagers call these mild hallucinogens Shivji ki booti, or a gift from Lord Shiva.

Till 25 years ago, many Indian states had licensed ganja shops, and even today, bhang is sold legally, bhang being made from dried and ground cannabis leaves which produce a weaker high than charas made from the plant’s resin and buds.

Justifying Holland’s ‘coffee shops’ a Dutch minister recently said that people died from alcohol, cigarettes, heroin, and cocaine, but he had never heard of anyone dying from marijuana. The Indian state always believed that.

Besides, why should the Indian state interfere with and penalise a drug-user’s private behaviour? Even if he harms himself, so what? People die from excessive smoking, drinking, over-eating, and in accidents while climbing mountains.

But they aren’t stopped from engaging in their indulgences. So a European or American tourist who wants to smoke hashish on a Goa beachside should also be left alone. His spending sustains local Goans.

The greatest tragedy with the NDPS Act is that it’s selectively enforced. Tens of thousands of sadhus in India smoke hashish and ganja but they aren’t arrested because they have nothing that can be extorted.

But catch a Fardeen Khan or a rich Delhi cocaine-user (or a European) for a violation and it’s a bonanza for the cops. But a mindless enforcement of the NDPS Act ruins even India’s poorest people.

Three years ago Julakha, a poor woman slum-dweller of Delhi with five small children, was jailed for ten years for possessing seven grams (a teaspoon) of heroin.

Incidentally, this punishment is mandatory as India’s judges sometimes lament when they put away a poor individual for a decade. The law doesn’t permit them to reduce the sentence.

Contrast this Stalinist mind-set with Europe and America, where the state of Alaska allows people to grow and consume marijuana at home. Belgium books a hashish-user only if he’s a problem to others.

And several states in America have passed ballot initiatives legalising the personal use of marijuana for medical purposes. Let’s learn from these nations. Let’s repeal the NDPS Act.

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In the 1960s and 1970s thousands of hippies journeyed east to India in search of enlightenment. Indian peasants assumed that a severe drought in the West was the reason for their migration. India’s holy men saw it as a search for a deeper spiritual meaning to life.

Most of the hippies moved back to their home countries after a few months or years while others stayed for good. 'Hippie Masala' is a portrait of Western expatriates: Robert from Holland, a gifted painter, lives with his wife and young children.

Meera, a hermit, seeks enlightenment on her own, while Cesare, an Italian expatriate, strives for spiritual liberation through back-breaking yoga. Hanspeter, a man originally from Switzerland, runs a small farm in the Himalayas. Erica and Gillian, South African twins, sew hippie handicrafts by day and party tirelessly at night.

All, in the end, embraced this land of ancient traditions and transcendent pleasures as their own. Hippie Masala is a fascinating chronicle about aging flower children who, after fleeing Western civilization, found a new way of life in India.

Reference : Alive Mind Cinema

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'Strain Hunters' are people that can’t sit still for too long, hence embark on another expedition traversing the Malana Valley in the Himalayas in search of the fields from where comes the world's finest charas made from live plants.

After completing the Malawi expedition in 2008, Arjan and myself began to think about the next mission. We had many destinations in mind, because the list of places where amazing landraces are awaiting is a long one. After much thinking and talking we selected a few “top-spots” on our list, and started gathering information and ideas. It became very clear that there was one place that could not be overlooked: the region of the Himalayas, particularly the Indian side, where the best charas and creams are from.

Ever since 1993, when the Green House won the Cannabis Cup with a cream from Malana, Arjan wanted to explore the origins and the history of this wonderful hashish. His last trip to India was in the 1980s, when he acquired the genetics that gave birth to the Himalaya Gold, one of the most acclaimed outdoor strains ever produced. So we decided time had come to go strain hunting in India. Now we needed a good guide, someone that could show us the right path to the highest fields, the tastiest creams, and the holiest of mountains.

A few years back, during one of the Cannabis Expos we attended in Europe, we met Italian book writer and connoisseur Franco Casalone, author of the most famous books on cannabis written in Italy. He lived in the Indian Himalayas for several years, living the life of a true charsí (master of charras-making). We suddenly had the feeling that he was the right man for our mission, so we contacted him. Loving the chance to get back to his beloved mountains, he accepted to be our guide, to become a Strain Hunter, and to make our dream possible. What started as an idea was now becoming reality.

Time to organize a scouting-trip to have a look at the area and prepare the path for the realization of the second Strain Hunters documentary. In June 2009 we boarded a flight to Delhi, and the adventure began. We spent two weeks trekking the mountains and the valleys of Himachal Pradesh, meeting several key-players in the area, from mountain guides to growers, and we visited more than 30 fields for the production of charras and cream. In this area the seeds are planted in May, so we could see tens of thousands of young plants already growing in the fields. For most of the fields we visited, we sampled the charras made the previous season. This way one can select the best fields and the best growers and charras makers.

Planning for a documentary involves truly challenging logistics: every route has to be walked in advance, camp sites have to be checked, and because electricity is needed to charge batteries and back-up of tapes it’s not easy to stay too long away from civilization. Moreover, moving through rough mountain terrain with a whole camera-crew can prove difficult, unless every detail is considered and every issue is addressed and solved beforehand. When we were satisfied with our plan, we went back to Amsterdam to start organizing for the mission ahead.

We were excited because we knew that we had found an amazing place with amazing people. In these mighty mountains charras has been used for thousands of years, and only recently the Indian government, under US and EU pressure, is acting against it. Since 2003 the police started chopping down cannabis crops and arresting people who produce charras. New dam-projects are underway, and the life in this region will change forever once they are completed. The entire cultural heritage of these mountain will be washed away in a few years, unless people around the world become aware of the problem. So we felt it was our duty to expose the situation of the cannabis plant and the people that live in these areas, victims of an out-of-control globalization madness.

We planned to go back to India at the beginning of October, when the first crops would be mature and the people would be busy making the charras and the creams the whole world want to smoke. The months went by fast, because life is busy at Green House Seed Company, and we never have time to get bored.. before we knew it, it was time to go back to the holy mountains of Shiva and Parvati. We arrived in India on a hot night, the air was sticky and the intense smell of the city was hard to accept after a long flight. Simon was there waiting for us, another Strain Hunter joining the mission from a far corner of Africa. The crew was complete, and the spirits high.

After another short flight to Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, we started driving. The car: a Mahindra, the roughest of Indian off-road vehicles. For 14 days we drove, we rode Enfield bikes, but most of all we walked up and down the mountains and the valleys of this amazing part of the world. We smoked great charras and unbelievable creams, mostly 1 or 2 years old, but in some cases even 3, 4 or 5 years old; real connoisseur stuff, jealously preserved by many master makers. We rubbed many hands of cream, learning the secrets from those who have been doing it all their lives. We met amazing people along the way, people that are struggling to preserve their lifestyle, their environment, their values and their entire framework of living. Globalization is claiming their land, and forcing them to adopt the values of a consumer-driven society, where being self-sufficient in harmony with nature goes against the principles of the economy. For 14 days we witnessed the damage brought to these communities by the building of dams, roads and other massive infrastructural projects.

During the traveling we were able to collect many seeds from different phenotypes of the same landrace, as well as some variations crossed with other genetics imported from Pakistan, Afghanistan and even from Swaziland. Now it's our time to give something back. Thanks to the cooperation between Green House Seed Company, the Green House Foundation and Gagarinpost Productions, a dream has come true. We are proud of it, and we look forward to the next dreams.

Reference : Strain Hunters

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'Touched' is a documentary film by Laurel Chiten (Twist and Shout, The Jew in the Lotus, Twisted) which features interviews with people who believe they have had multiple encounters with these beings, which can be best described as the typical grey humanoid ETs with large pear shaped heads and almond shaped eyes. While some report these experiences as terrifying, some feel a deep connection with these beings ... perhaps from past lives in different worlds !

Here is what Lauren Chiten has to say about the film ...

A few years ago, Harvard psychiatrist John Mack, a leading researcher in the alien encounter phenomenon, approached me after seeing my recent film The Jew in the Lotus. He wanted me to consider making a movie about encounters with these alien life forms. I told him no. I knew next to nothing about alien abduction, had no interest and thought it was all rather foolish. Then, he invited me to meet some of the people who claim to have had these experiences. They seemed rather normal and spoke about their feelings of connection and longing for these uninvited intruders to return. I had stumbled into a world filled by people who had been touched by something ... and had their lives blown apart because of it. I was mesmerized. I feel that I was abducted by John Mack.

This started my journey into the lives and minds of alleged abductees around the world, and into my own personal journey through skepticism, fear, insomnia, fascination, confusion and led to many many questions.

These “experiencers,” as many of them call themselves, bring with them reports of missing time, bodily probing, sperm extraction, impregnation, a strange project to create a hybrid/alien-human race and apocalyptic warnings. According to various studies, the number of people world wide reporting alien abductions reaches into the hundreds of thousands. As there is no conclusive physical proof, the debate as to whether these stories are true or not could go on forever. Instead, I became more interested in the people — those who have had their lives both torn apart and transformed by this experience.

What happens when the unexplained intrudes into our lives, and how do lives and relationships respond when credulity is strained to a breaking point? This is the leading question I set out to explore. This is a film about the human experience — about longing for connection and fear of separation.

When a person is confronted by something that is so powerful, so indescribably outside the realm of everyday life, it forces a reexamination of everything previously taken for granted. The experience redefines every relationship: with one's self, family, and reality itself.

Following the lead of those like Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell the audience will witness an archetypal “Hero's Journey.” For the subjects of our film, this experience has resulted in a kind of Holy Grail search for truth. Beneath the sensational aspects of alien abduction, these are real people looking for answers. Touched follows a human quest to solve a mystery — perhaps only to find that the answer is the quest itself.

I now call myself agnostic. I am not convinced that these people have been visited by “aliens,” but I do believe that something profound has happened to them. And maybe, just maybe, everything they have described is, in fact, completely true.

— Laurel Chiten

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Gary Zukav's "Dancing Wu Li Masters" is a wonderful mind expanding journey into the world of quantum mechanics. At an Esalen Institute meeting in 1976, tai chi master Al Huang said that the Chinese word for physics is Wu Li, patterns of organic energy. Journalist Gary Zukav and the others present developed the idea of physics as the dance of the Wu Li Masters, the teachers of physical essence. Zukav explains the concept further...

The Wu Li Master dances with his student. The Wu Li Master does not teach, but the student learns. The Wu Li Master always begins at the center, the heart of the matter. This book deals not with knowledge, which is always past tense anyway, but with imagination, which is physics come alive, which is Wu Li. Most people believe that physicists are explaining the world. Some physicists even believe that, but the Wu Li Masters know that they are only dancing with it.

The new physics of Zukav's 1979 book comprises quantum theory, particle physics, and relativity. Even as these theories age they haven't percolated all that far into the collective consciousness; they're too far removed from mundane human experience not to need introduction. The Dancing Wu Li Masters remains an engaging, accessible way to meet the most profound and mind-altering insights of 20th-century science.

~ Mary Ellen Curtin

Gary Zukav has written "the Bible" for those who are curious about the mind expanding discoveries of advanced physics, but who have no scientific background.

Like a Wu Li Master who would teach us wonder for the falling petal before speaking of gravity, Zukav writes in beautifully clear language, with no mathematical equations... opening our minds to the exciting new theories that are beginning to embrace the ultimate nature of our universe... Quantum mechanics, relativity, and beyond to the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen effect and Bell's theorem.

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