Ecopsychology/Art of Being Happy (forest lecture for film)
Art of Being Happy
(forest lecture for film)
The ability to attune emotionally to the BEAUTY and SUBTLETY of living nature allows us to gain inner harmony, which is essential for finding HAPPINESS IN LIFE. This is also one of the most important components of spiritual development.
This BEAUTY is an element of God’s Creation.
It is important to understand this! Only if we have learned to love His Creation, can we fall in love with the Creator Himself! And without such a sincere love — is it possible to be happy?
Love necessarily has to be mutual! God’s love alone is not enough for being happy! No, we have to strive to become not loved but loving! And our love must not be an egoistic parody of true love (I mean primitive sexual desires that non-spiritual people call by the word love). No, it must be an aspiration to GIVE ONESELF TO HIM!
Love for God begins with the desire to cognize Him — first only with the mind — and then in all fullness — so that the emotions of my love merge with the emotions of His love! And then, gradually, comes the fullness of Mergence — when one merges with Him as a consciousness developed in the process of searching Him and serving Him!
… Also it is very important to have like-minded friends on this Path. It is much easier to be happy of doing creative work if one works in a spiritual group, in a community, even a little one!
Morally healthy people feel satisfaction when they GIVE knowledge, skills, all of themselves — to others, seeking to make others happy!
It is thanks to this process of giving oneself and seeing its positive results that such a person feels happy!
What does one need to do to find good friends? — One needs just to offer oneself: to show to others one’s usefulness! And then let everyone share with others what he or she knows and can do!
… For happiness, it is also important to have good health.
What does good health depend on?
There is an opinion that our suffering and calamities are caused by the sin committed by Adam and Eve… This ill fantasy is even called by a special term — the original sin… I suggest viewing this opinion as a sign of feeblemindedness of those who believe it, say nothing of those who preach this idea…
Some people blame doctors for diseases, blame the contamination of the environment — or blame others — those who made me feel stressed or be nervous…
No, it is only we who are to be blamed for our troubles!
It is hard to understand this for those who are ignorant in religious philosophy! Yet the truth is that these problems are caused by God Who loves us and through them points out our inadequacy to us: the inadequacy to what He wants us to be!
In simple terms, one can say that if we do unjustified harm to other beings — we program similar situations in our own life, in our own destiny — and this time we will be the victims. This is called the law of karma — the law of destiny formation. In this way God teaches us not to do evil deeds, teaches us to be compassionate to the pain of others — He teaches us through our own pain.
The operation of the law of karma is not limited by the time of one incarnation; its effect manifests itself in the next lives as well… This is why, in particular, sick children are born…
One may ask: why does He need this? Why does He need us to be good — as He sees it?
We discussed this subject — the meaning of human life on the Earth — in every book published by us. Now I will only say briefly that we are particles of the evolving universal Consciousness, which is called the Absolute. It is in our bodies, in particular, that the Evolution of the Absolute takes place! This is why He values every soul so much! This is why He watches everyone and all the time tries to correct, to help everyone — except for those who proved to be completely hopeless; He sends such souls to hell — to the “cesspool” of the Evolution…
… So, in order to control one’s own destiny, one has to learn the rules of life suggested to us by our Creator. He gave these rules to us through His Messiahs and prophets.
In order to fulfill these rules, one has to learn to control one’s own emotions.
We have to accustom ourselves to living in subtle and pure emotional states — independent of the circumstances! Then we will be pleasant to friends; then we will ensure the health both of the body and soul; then we will achieve paradise or even higher abodes!
And coarse emotions like anger, irritation, envy, jealousy and other similar states are not only unpleasant and destructive for one’s own health and for the health of others, but they also predetermine one’s life in hell after the death of the body!
How can one learn to control one’s own emotions? This is described in detail in our books and demonstrated in our films. Now I will mention only that the correct formation of the emotional sphere is based on the development of the spiritual heart.
The spiritual heart, which is located initially in the chakra anahata and begins its growth from this chakra, is a bio-energetical organ that generates subtle positive emotions of love.
Many Divine Teachers including Jesus Christ taught about the development of the spiritual heart.
It is thanks to its development that we can gain health, find good friends, and approach by the state of the soul that state in which God lives — the state of God in the aspect of the Holy Spirit and the state of God in the aspect of the Creator!
It is through this that God becomes a Reality that we cognize!
… I can give myself as an example. I am completely healthy despite being more than 60 years old. Moreover, my body has been growing younger since sometime now! How old, do you think, my body looks?… Forty years? Or maybe even thirty?
When my body was 59 years old, I heard how passers-by said: “He is so young — but wears a beard already!”…
I feel young, vigorous — and mature! I always live in a calm, pure, joyful state!
For a long time, I have not felt anger, irritation, envy, sorrow, anxiety, fear, and so on! I have been living and live now without anger and desire to revenge myself even on those who years ago tried to kill me; after this incident, I was dying painfully half a year and two times was in the state of clinical death. I do not feel anger, fear, and desire to revenge also on those who threatened me to “burn me alive” for my books — the books about God, about the joy of cognition of Him.
Moreover, I became so close to God that I can freely converse with Him. And I can fill my body with Him.
Do we all want to live like this?
If yes, then let us walk this well-explored Path which was paved for everyone who wants to walk it!
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On places like this, it is very good to meditate, to merge with the subtlety of the morning beauty of nature, with the subtlety of the Holy Spirits — our Divine Teachers, Who control our destinies…
We necessarily have to master this if we decide to walk the spiritual Path, that is the Path of development of oneself, the Path of love for the Creation and the Creator, the Path of searching for Him — Whom we have to find and cognize!
For this purpose, one also has to read books about Him, about the Path to Him.
Many people go to temples and participate there in rituals. This can help in the beginning if one does not get infected there by the ideology of hatred from evil people. Unfortunately this happens quite often… But in general, taking part in public worship services helps beginners to take their attention away from the objects of the material world…
And what does one have to do then? — one has to understand that God is present in temples no more than outside of them. And it is not in a crowd of praying people but in the situation of being one-to-one with God, in solitude in nature — that we can feel the blissful TOUCHES of God, can begin to HEAR His thoughts directed to us and to learn to SEE the Divine Teachers — Holy Spirits, to EMBRACE Them, to enter into Their non-material bodies, to MERGE with Them…
… What do many people in Russia do when they stay in nature? They drink alcohol, inject heroin, kill and maim living beings, leave all kinds of garbage on the places where they stay, defile the QUIETNESS of nature with loud sounds of radio or CD players, they themselves yell…
It is obvious that this way of behaving brings one closer to hell rather than to the happiness of the cognition of God…
… For cognition of God and for one’s own development, it is very important to master the state of INNER QUIETNESS. In this state one can know the BLISS OF CALM and QUIETNESS found in the Abode of the Creator…
Singing of birds, rustling of reed or leaves of trees do not interfere in this process but make the QUIETNESS OF DAWN more vivid, more bright emotionally!
Yet, the feeling of the beauty of nature in all its fullness can be achieved only by a well-prepared spiritual seeker. And only such a seeker can cognize the Creator and His Representatives — Holy Spirits. One has to prepare oneself for this, both in the intellectual-ethical aspect and through cleansing and development of the bioenergetical structures of the organism — the chakras and meridians.
… Also one can collect edible gifts of nature. They are mushrooms, berries, various herbs. They can be used for food right now or stored for future use.
For example, instead of tea one can brew various herbs. One can also dry herbs for brewing them in winter.
For making herb tea, one can use mint, fireweed, leaves of currant in autumn — when the plant does not need them. If you find a fallen birch — you can collect and dry leaves from it. Conifer needles and young cones that fall from coniferous trees are also suitable for brewing. (But one should avoid making too strong brewing of them, because our human stomachs are unused to high concentration of resin — unlike stomachs of wood grouses; conifer needles are one of the main kinds of food of wood grouses).
Or take, for example, nettle. Many people hate it because it stings. But it stings because these people do not eat nettle! Nettle is both delicious, when young, and possesses important medicinal properties: it stimulates the immune system of the organism, helping, in particular, to get rid of many diseases!
One can dry it for winter — and brew it then.
One can also use it in this way: wash nettle, chop it into pieces, put in boiling water, boil for a minute, allow to cool a little, and then eat with mayonnaise! It is very delicious!
In a similar way, one can store other plants: goutweed, fern dryopteris. One can dry for winter even common wood sorrel — and then use it for cooking soups.
One can add to meals other herbs uncooked: garden angelica, coltsfoot, and even young shoots of fireweed (grown-up, they become bitter).
We also store forest berries with sugar: cowberries, cranberries, raspberries, bilberries — in the form of slightly boiled jam.
We make honey of flowers of bird-cherry tree or meadowsweet. How? I will describe to you.
One has to collect flowers, fill with them large saucepots, fill these saucepots also with cold water (water must not be hot to allow insects that were accidentally collected with flowers to escape), then bring water to a boil, and set aside for the night.
Next day, squeeze the flowers and discard them. Strain the liquid and pour it into saucepots filling them to 2/3 of the volume. Bring to a boil and add sugar so that it fills the remaining 1/3 of the volume. Stir to allow sugar to dissolve, bring again to a boil, and pour into hot jars that were sterilized with boiling water. Put on hermetic caps.
In this way, we make very delicious and good-for-health honey!
As for mushrooms, we use them for food all year round. In home we store and eat salted mushrooms. During our camping in the forest, when no new mushrooms grow, we use dried mushrooms. Dried mushrooms are lightweight; therefore, it is convenient to carry them in backpacks and then to boil or even to fry them in a camping pot on a fire.
How to dry mushrooms?
For this purpose one needs a mushroom dryer. If one dries mushrooms on a fire, the dryer can be made collapsible so that it is convenient to put it into a backpack: for example, it can be made of two wide stripes of roofing iron. Such a dryer must have a bottom, otherwise mushrooms become sooty. For drying, we skewer mushrooms on spits made of steel wire.
Edible mushrooms grow virtually everywhere: in the tundra, in the forest, in the mountains, in the steppe. They are not only delicious but also provide us with important proteins. The testimony to this is our own health: we have been using mushrooms for food for many years! And this allows us not only to survive in the conditions of financial insufficiency, but also to BE HAPPY!
One can even fry mushrooms on a fire, putting them on a twig. First one has to warm the mushroom to the state when it produces juice. Then put some salt onto it: the salt sticks to the juice and does not fall off. And then one just needs to boil the mushroom in its own juice. Thus it becomes very delicious!
… In the season when no mushrooms grow in the forest, we fry cheese sandwiches on a fire. For this purpose, one can use special forks like this. Of course, we never make such forks by cutting living branches from trees. We use dry branches. Try it! It is also very delicious!
… This is the way we live — in unceasing TRUE joy!
Why do I stress the word TRUE? — because joy is not only about fried mushrooms and sandwiches! But one has to bring all the life into HARMONY WITH GOD. Namely one has to live:
— without causing harm to others, when possible,
— constantly developing oneself spiritually,
— living under the guidance of God,
— giving to others all the good that one can share!
I wish you success on this Path!