The basic needs for human sustenance such as food, clothing, shelter and health etc. depend directly or indirectly on
farming and associated activities. The economy of a developing country like India is broadly based on agriculture.
The farming sector almost contributes 26% of the national production, and 64% of the population in the country depends upon
agriculture for their livelihood. India has been primarily regarded as ‘An Agriculture Economy’. There are many countries in the world where farming activities are either undeveloped or underdeveloped. These countries
depend upon the imports of Agricultural produce ancient to present time or from death to birth, it has greater contribution
in the human life.
The Rural Development Wing of the Rajyoga Education and Research foundation, the sister institution of Prajapita
Brahmakumari Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya , has been bringing awareness about the Sustainable Yogic Agriculture Project among
the farmer brothers and sisters for over three years. Many Rajayogi farmer brothers and sisters of Maharastra and Gujrat
(states of India) which are in touch with this Vishwa Vidyalaya (University) have applied the powers of Rajayoga Meditation
to their farming process. They have also evolved newer and innovative methods and techniques of preparing organic
fertilizer on their own and have used them in their farming. They have succeeded in getting better crop output at lesser
costs. It is a novel step towards bringing a new era, the golden era on earth.
There is so much interest nowadays on indigenous knowledge systems. Researchers are curious what may be useful to meet current challenges. Bioprospectors are hoping to make commercial value to their find. The subject of ethics is primary in this kind of study (a discourse on this: http://www.devcom.edu.ph/site/dr-flor-shares-insights-on-indigenous-knowledge-research-with-devcom-students.html), while validation of the applicability of the practices may be constrained by the lack of holistic view and approach of researchers. When practices only include those that are in the realm of the 5 senses (or those in the material/physical), not much progress can be made. When practices beyond actual farming/gardening practices are included progress may be achieved, but only if the science is expanded and include the non-material or spiritual science (e.g., that of anthroposophy of Rudolf Steiner). To see indigenous or local practices in a better light, we need to consider what our world is made of beyond the physical, and what the role of consciousness is to make thoughts and intentions become real. Agriculture provides a rich material for the discussion. Quantum agriculture encompasses both material and non-material aspects. Below is an article that I wrote to expand the discussion on some fundamental subjects…
To give some more grounding on Quantum Agriculture I write a little bit about some fundamental topics that are also really complex and can fill up an infinite number of pages.
The indigenous and local peoples are much into “odd” or unusual practices, rituals and belief systems. Often the material scientists disregard the value of these practices, even if their application proves that they work and that they are shared by many cultures all over the world.
Most practices reside in the material science realm. Some are a mix of material and non-material. Here is a talk giving an example of indigenous practices that combine both:
Beyond the usual practices are those that include simply doing nothing but simply imagining, believing, or thinking about an outcome. It may even be by just being present in the field or the garden. It is said that the more highly evolved the consciousness of the farmer or gardener is, the more effective is the practice. And improved consciousness may be achieved with cultivation, unless the person is already innately gifted with such capacities. Prayers, chants, offerings, and other forms of invocations are still rich among indigenous cultures. Other practices that accompany these could be dancing, chanting, using hand gestures and/or objects to represent a phenomenon, like hanging bottles on the vine for plants to imitate and bear fruit.
It is also common to use plants or other objects to achieve protection or have a healthy harvest (http://www.spiritualworld.co.za/herbs/magicalusesofherbs.htm; http://www.spellsofmagic.com/coven_ritual.html?ritual=1782&coven=147). The practice of letting crop seeds like maize go through the head of a snake (can just be the skull) so the subsequent crop may not be infested with rats is also common. Here it is believed that rats would sense the “presence” of a snake and such presence, which may be only what remains of it (also called the information or energy pattern), is imparted to and carried by the ritualized seed samples during the growing season. A perspective on snakes is given here:
Snakes also signify regeneration; they are an image of the synthesis of the generative power of the cosmos. On an even more practical, agrarian level, snakes predate upon many of the small animals that eat seeds and grain stores. This may be connected to Chicomecóatl in Her guise as the guardian of foodstuffs.http://www.matrifocus.com/IMB09/key.htm
Societal Threefolding, Presencing… these are tools or techniques to achieve quantum leap or do quantum change. Sustainable societal change must be animated by a critical mass of enlightened committed citizens. That is the basis of the Liwanag World Festival that happened last 29th Jan to 2nd Feb 2013, in Davao City, which is part of the island of Mindanao. The festival aimed to let the special light from the Philippines and other parts of the globe be seen by the whole world… light from the Philippines, being collectively lit by imaginals or individuals who have a vision of the future and are connected to their special life task (purpose) and are doing strategic projects in society. MISSION of Imaginals is spearheading events like the Liwanag. To get a glimpse of the event one may visit the website of Liwanag, or view some photos of the Liwanag event which I put together for sharing and memory aid. Select individuals who live in, or have at one point lived in Mt Makiling (or are doing something elsewhere but are connected to Mt Makiling initiatives), have been presented at the Festival through an exhibit. Special feature is on the visionary (Flor Pablo) who is in touch with spiritual teachers or guardians; her mission is described in a set of slides. In the same event I also described my own “quantum” initiative.
Here are some videos to give one an idea about the Liwanag event.
There is a very interesting phenomenon occurring in my area… Mt Makiling , a mountain bounded by Laguna and Batangas provinces in the Philippines. One would find extraordinary happening in her area. The lady (Flor Pablo) is in touch with spiritual beings and receives various messages, from gardening, to mushroom production and others which come to her intuitively or through her writing using an ancient Filipino script called Baibayin (or baybayin as populary spelled). Instructions are often out of the box or beyond textbooks. She learned only later that what she was writing was Baibayin. One thing that intrigued me was her affirmation of scientific and biblical facts and sometimes she reveals some aspects which baffled scientists and the religious alike… a true meeting of science and spiritual science occurs in her garden. She is revealing some teachings in anthroposophy, such as homeopathy, earth and human evolution, and many others. She is also blending this with some vedic truths and practices. She is into Agnihotra-Homa Therapy and use of Sangeevini healing symbols. New messages come to her almost every day… I will be posting more later. But for now here is a set of slides which I prepared for the Liwanag World Festival ( Exhibit section) which concluded last week. http://liwanagworldfest.net/web2.2/.
Here is Liwanag or Light in a nutshell:There is another world and another Philippines emerging in the very midst of decay and pain. To reveal, see, experience and fully appreciate this world, is the task of Liwanag: World Festival on Creativity and Sustainability… From 29 January to 02 February 2013, thousands of people (and millions more thru tri-media) will converge in Davao City, Philippines to see the glowing contours of such a world. Liwanag will showcase brilliant, heart-centered initiatives in all dimensions of sustainability: ecological, economic, cultural, political, societal, human, and spiritual… Our hearts will pound with resonance, excitement and Love as we start to truly see and experience this diversity of inspiring initiatives. For these initiatives, taken together, are the elements of the future world that is alive and growing amidst us today…Come to LIWANAG. Contribute your inner Light to the flame of hope and Love that is permeating the world!
The Liwanag Festival is an initiative of MISSION (http://www.imaginalmission.net/web2.0/) aiming for societal transformation through a quantum approach. The meaning of MISSION explains it all:
MISSION stands for Movement of Imaginals for a Sustainable Society through Initiatives, Organizing, and Networking.
Wellspring of Initiatives for Spiritual Development
This artwork-mushroom image may be found in the internet, but the way it found itself into the laptop that Flor was using is most amazing; more mysterious is the Baibayin writing that appeared on it minutes later.
A new wave of change is here. This wave permeates all aspects of human and earth existence. On the other hand, new knowledge is being revealed and new tools are being developed to answer current challenges: illnesses, pests and diseases, climate changes, calamities, etc. Approaches have been 2-pronged: one hangs on to the old mechanistic reductionist model, the other explores what is beyond that, as well as the fundamental role of human beings in addressing all these challenges in a synthesis way. Einstein’s premise is that we cannot find solution to our problems with approaches that come from the same framework that created the problem in the first place. These solutions must be coming from outside the box. And that outside the box space has been there all along, among ancient practices and teachings, and is now confirmed by the new science of “quantum”.
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