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SCIENCE AND THE DANCE OF SHIVA

SEPTEMBER 30, 2008

In This Issue
THE PHYSICS OF MYSTICISM
BHADRA CONCERTS
CHANT CLUB
SOUND WORKSHOPS
DAVID HICKEY
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GREETINGS DEAR FRIENDS

With the new season upon us, the Fall colors remind us that everything is in a constant state of change. We are truly living in turbulent times, and sometimes it may seem that this turbulence is harsh and difficult. I am convinced, however, that it is all necessary and that the future is glorious. It's all part of the Dance of Shiva.

This newsletter features the second in a series of articles on The Physics of Mysticism, exploring the parallels between what the ancient mystics and modern scientists are telling us about the nature of our universe. The observations of science tell us that everything is in a state of constant motion and change - much like the Dance of Shiva.

The Bhadra Collective's, debut performance in Toronto was a big success. We are looking forward with excitment to our next 2 concerts in Guelph and London. We'd love to see you there. Please forward this message to anyone you feel would be interested. See below for details.

If you'd like to access past newsletters containing the ongoing articles on Magic, the Power of Mantra and other topics, please visit the 'newsletter' page of my website,  whyislife.com

Peace and love, Dennis.

THE PHYSICS OF MYSTICISM  (Part3) 
by Dennis Gaumond

 - Science and the Dance of Shiva -

           Another concept common to both perspectives is the idea that everything in the universe is in constant motion. The mystic writings of ancient Greece and the teachings of shamans make frequent reference to the liquid, ever-changing nature of reality. In the Hindu 'Rig Veda', this idea of continual motion is called 'Rita'. In Buddhism it is called 'samsara'. At the sub-atomic level, the micro-universe as witnessed by science, is in constant motion. This is also true of the macro-universe. Every cosmic body is in motion, relative to other bodies. Countless calculations and observations testify that the universe is continually expanding. The further a body is from us, the faster it is moving away. No matter how powerful some future telescope may be, it will never tell us the true size of the universe. The galaxies furthest away from us are moving away at the speed of light, so that the light that would indicate their presence never reaches us.
            The entire concept of a big bang and subsequent big crunch is nothing new to the ancient Tantric writings. This concept is called 'lila' and the amount of time required for one cosmic 'breath', one complete cycle of expansion/contraction, is called a 'kalpa'. When the entire universe is compressed to the size of a pinprick, this point is called the 'mahabindu' or 'great point' in the Tantras.
            One of the most fundamental laws of physics is the conservation of energy. It states that the many manifestations of energy continually change form, but that the total energy in the universe never changes. No violation of this law has ever been witnessed by science. When particles collide in the micro-world, the energy of collision forms new particles of matter, which then become energy once again. A particle can be described as both an event and a chunk of matter - 'processes' rather than 'solid objects'. Matter and the activity of matter are one and the same thing. This is also in line with mystical thought and in the ancient language of Sanskrit, the word 'samskara' means both an object and an event.
            Several of the mystical traditions refer to the idea of a 'cosmic dance' as an analogy to describe one characteristic of reality. It is the idea that the universe is in a constant state of creation and destruction - endless cycles of life and death, coming and going, inhaling and exhaling. In the Hindu tradition, this is the 'Dance of Shiva'. The observations of modern physics are very reminiscent of these ideas. We are continually being bombarded with cosmic radiation, streams of particles that collide with each other and with our earthbound particles. These collisions result in endless transmutations, with particles being annihilated while others are being born. At the sub-atomic level, particles are coming and going continually in a frenzy of activity known as the 'quantum foam'. This constant motion, this 'dance' of microscopic matter, is very much like the Dance of Shiva.

In the next newsletter, part 4 of The Physics of Mysticism will discuss the concepts of emptiness and form.

CELEBRATE THE RETURN OF THE GODDESS

with

dennis gaumond and the
 BHADRA   
 
   COLLECTIVE

featuring: a 9-piece band, chant music, world-beat grooves, exotic instruments, trance/dance.






with special guests:
Sean O'Connor -saxes, flutes and clarinets
Prince Bamidele Bajowa - talking drum
Pam Gerrand, Jane Lewis, Tannis Sliman and Monk Mann
and a performance by
Ishra and the Invoketress Dance Theatre


GUELPH
when:
Friday, Oct. 10, doors open at 7:30pm, concert at 8pm

where: The River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St., Guelph ON.
        click here for map and directions: River Run - directions
why: To celebrate the dawning of a new era as feminine energy restores balance to
        our world.

cost:  $22  - Advance tickets available at the River Run Box Office - 519 763-3000
                   or toll free - 877 520-2408    - or at the door.

LONDON
when:
Friday, Oct. 17, doors open at 7pm, concert at 8pm
where:
The Wolf Performance Hall, 251 Dundas St., London ON
            (inside the Central Library)- click here for map MAP
why:
To celebrate the dawning of a new era of feminine energy.
cost: Advance tickets - $18 - available atticketweb.ca
       or $22 at the door
for more info please visit:
bhadra.ca

Future Bhadra Performances:
- Hamilton: November 15
- Waterloo: December 20

CHANT CLUBS

GUELPH CHANT CLUB
DATE                              CITY                        TOPIC                        VENUE               ______________________________________________________________________
WED., OCT. 1/08        Guelph,                   Guelph                      Unitarian Church
7:45 to 9:30 pm        Ontaro                    Chant Club
The Unitarian Church is on the corner of
Harris and York Streets in Guelph.

For more Detailed directions, check out 
guelph-unitarians.com
A DAY OF SACRED SOUND
A workshop with Dennis Gaumond

The ancients understood that sound has the power to heal and transform. Today more and more people are discovering that the use of sound is a joyful way to affect health, stress levels and mental attitudes. This workshop provides an opportunity for participants to both learn about and experience the transformational power of sound. It will be divided into 2 segments:
DIVINE ENERGY AND THE BIG SHIFT:  10:00 AM TO 12:30 PM
The morning segment will help us to understand why sound has this power. We will learn to see reality in a new way, understanding it in terms of energy and vibration. From this new perspective, many things will start to make more sense, including the healing process and the power of sound. We will begin to see ourselves as electro-magnetic beings whose actions emit a negative or positive charge. We will also get a better understanding of the great changes that are affecting the planet and its inhabitants at this time - a phenomenon sometimes called the Big Shift.
SACRED SOUND WORKSHOP: 1:30 PM TO 5:30 PM.
Spend the afternoon in a beautiful environment, enveloped in Sacred Sound. Learn to use your voice to affect your health, stress levels and mental attitudes. Enjoy this introduction to the ancient art of overtone singing. The soothing tones of the crystal bowls will massage your spirit and carry you into a meditative trance. Simple drumming exercises are relaxing and fun and can help to entrain us to the natural rhythms of the Earth. (drums will be provided or bring your own)  Learn about the power of mantra and chanting from a variety of cultural traditions. We will create a frequency of love, peace and gratitude to heal ourselves and to send out to the Universe.
*No previous musical experience is required.
Even if you don't consider yourself a singer or musician you will be delighted at your ability to join with others to create powerful sound through toning and chanting.

GUELPH
Sunday, Oct. 19, from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Location:  Living Yoga and Health,
105 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ON
For a map click here livingyoga.com

Cost: Morning segment - $30, Afternoon segment - $60 Both segments - $75 (bring a lunch)
                                     (these prices include GST) 
Register by phone - 519 763-0004  or by email - dgomo@golden.net  

LONDON
Sunday, Oct. 26, from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Location: The Lotus Centre,
140 Ann St., London ON
for a map click here  lotuscentre.com

Cost: Morning segment - $30, Afternoon segment - $70, Both segments - $80 (bring a lunch)
        
Register by phone: 519 642-2378 or in person at the Lotus Centre,





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