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A Brief History of the Dream

The Conscious Process

tiny grass is dreaming

Our true and original nature is the Supreme Source of the universe and all of its infinite energetic manifestations. Everything we see and experience, including the body and its conditions, is a projection of that Source energy as radiant holographic light, which assumes the forms of you and me and everything. There is no “external” reality separate from our own activity as Source, nothing appearing outside of us — no “objective world” — that is not a figment of our own dreamy Source energy projections.

As shards of Source energy, we “co-create” the illusion called “the universe”, along with its dazzling variety of props and experiences, tests and challenges, loves and losses, victories and defeats. The Hindus use the term “lila” for this immense display, commonly translated as “creative divine play”. In any case, it is all a truly awesome mirage, birthed in an act of indescribable love. Though far…

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Mystery of Maratika ( Halesi) Cave

Let us reflect on what is truly of value in life, what gives meaning to our lives, and set our priorities on the basis of that.  – The 14th Dalai Lama

Maratika Cave is one of the six supreme pilgrimage sites of Buddhist around the world . For Hindu it is famous Lord Shiva temple know as Halesi Mahadev. People also call it Pashupatinath (Pashupatinath is very famous Hindu Shiva temple in Kathmandu )of eastern Nepal. Visiting sacred sites is my passion. On September 13 at around 11am we started our journey from Kathmadu to Maratika ( Halesi) . We travel taking road to Kathmandu to Kotari. The road from Kathmandu to Kotari is good. From Kotari to Ghurmae, the first part of the road was pretty good. However after a few hours of ride some parts the road was really bad. A Japanese company is working on making this road and it will take one year to complete it. After that we can have a safe ride from Kotari to reach Halesi. After 9 hours of ride from Kathmandu we reach Ghurmae. We stayed in Ghurmae for one night. If we have left Kathmandu early than we need not to stay at this place. While going to Maratika cave there are two routes that are possible. The first, flying from Kathmandu to Lami Danda, and then taking a jeep drive to the Maratika . Another is by driving overland from Kathmandu, Kotari to Maratika.

on the way to Ghurme

on the way to Ghurme

 

muddy road on the way to Ghurmae

muddy road on the way to Ghurmae

beautiful scenery

beautiful scenery

 

lodge at Ghurmae

lodge at Ghurmae

 The next morning we headed towards Halesi. Due to construction of bridge in sunkoshi we can’t take the Jeep we hire. The bride is being constructed and after completion we can travel with single jeep from Kathmandu to Maratika . Next day we took another jeep to Jaya Ram Ghat. After one hour of ride we reach Jaya Ram Ghat . Than again we cross belly bridge and took another Jeep to Halesi. It is 2hrs of ride from Jayaram with the turning and bumping road. On the way to Maratika we can see majestic hills , dense forest, greenery, natural beauty on the way to Halesi.

crossing bridge to go to Jaya Ram Ghat

crossing bridge to go to Jaya Ram Ghat

banks of Sunkoshi

banks of Sunkoshi

another suspension bridge to reach Jaya Ram Ghat

another suspension bridge to reach Jaya Ram Ghat

 

school at Jaya Ram

school at Jaya Ram

Finally after 2hours of ride from Jaya Ram we reach Maratika ( Halesi) Cave. It is situated at the hilly region between the two holy rive Dudh Koshi to the right and Sunkoshi to the left. Maratika (Halesi ) is paradise on earth. I was spellbound to see, I cannot describe in words. It is indeed a memorable moment.

lots of Jeep at Jaya Ram to go to Maratika

Jeep at Jaya Ram to go to Maratika

Prayers Flages ( Lungta) at Maratika (Halesi)

Prayers Flags ( Lungta) at Maratika (Halesi)

 Colorful Lungta

Colorful Lungta

People offer Bells to Lord  Shiva once their wish is fulfilled

People offer Bells to Lord Shiva once their wish is fulfilled

Time stands still at Maratika cave, the most mesmerizing cave of Nepal. When I enter the cave I  feel the positive energy and the mystery that surrounds.   Lord Shiva and Guru Rinpoche are the essence of the cave. According to Buddhist mythology on the request of the Bodhisattva Avaloketesvara, the Buddha Amitabha taught eighteen tantras of long life. The Dakini Sangwa Yeshe recorded and hid these teachings as Terma( secret hidden treasures) at Maratika cave .Guru Padmasambhava, while in the Kingdom of Zahor met his consort Princess Mandarava who possessed all the marks of a Dakini. The Guru then gave teachings and initiations to Mandarava after which Dakinis appeared in the sky and took Guru Padma-sambhava to Maratika.Princess Mandarava unable to tolerate palace life without the Guru ran away. Hopelessly lost she prayed to Guru Padmasambhava who manifested himself and took Mandarava to Maratika.Here the Bodhisattva Avaloketesvara and the Dakini Sangwa Yeshe gave long life teachings to the Guru and Mandarava.After practicing for ninety days, Buddha Amitayus appeared in the sky and gave initiations to the Guru and Mandarava. They then attained the Vidyadhara of longevity.

stairs at Maratika ( Halesi) Cave

stairs at Maratika ( Halesi) Cave

Maratika Cave

Maratika Cave

more stairs

more stairs

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According to Hindu Mythology Shiva was running from the demon Bashmasur whom Shiva himself gave a boon to kill any person putting his hand on the head of the person. The demon chased Shiva himself to kill him. Shiva flees in the Halesi caves to take shelter. While Shiva was hidding, Lord Vishnu play a trick and make the demon put his hand on his own head. Shiva flees through a hole in the ceiling of the cave. You can still see Shiva’s foot steps in the air shaft and the intestines of the monster on the ceiling of the cave. After Bashmasur got killed the cave became temple. You can see a natural shiva linga formed by a stalagmite here.The sacred cave that houses the two feet tall Shiva Linga is one of the popular and most important religious destination not only in Khotang but also in Nepal. The cave popular by the name of Halesi Mahadev has two pillars to the north side of the Shiva Linga that stands very close to each other making a narrow pass. It is believed that the sinners cannot pass through this narrow passage and only a confession from them shall grant them a passage through. Every year, thousands of devotees come here to worship the lord with a belief that he could give knowledge, wisdom to the children and prosperity to the poor.

 

Shiva Lingam

Shiva Lingam  named as Halesi Mahadev

Halesi Mahadev

Halesi Mahadev

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Bats like twinkling stars inside the cave

Bats like twinkling stars inside the cave

There is lower Maratika cave as well. It is more dark and full of mystery too. Guru Rinpoche (Padmashambhav) kill the demon and flew from the big open hole . We can see his big feet and other body parts as well. While entering such sacred caves it is good to blow a conch .

blowing conch before entering  the cave

blowing conch before entering the cave

lower Maratika cave

lower Maratika cave

stairs to go inside the lower cave

stairs to go inside the lower cave

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Guru Rinpoche kill the demon inside the lower cave and flew out from this upper part of cave

Guru Rinpoche kill the demon inside the lower cave and flew out from this upper part of cave

blessed to be at the cave

Blessed at lower cave

We did prostrations, long life prayers, Kora, Ganachakra feast, offerings and many prayers at Maratika cave. Likewise, we offer Trident to Lord Shiva as well. It is indeed a beautiful moment difficult to describe in words . There are many lodges, guest house and hotels in Halesi. Water is a big problem with only the water source down below the lower Maratika Cave and people come far away to fetch water. Opposite the main cave, high up a prayer flag hill, is another cave called Chenresig cave. It is said that these days many lama’s actually do retreat here in this cave. Similarly after forty five minutes of steep walk from Halesi there is another cave named Manjushree cave.

Prostrating at Maratika Cave for the benefit of all sentient beings

Prostrating at Maratika Cave for the benefit of all sentient beings

offering prayer flags

offering prayer flags

The hill where Chenrigiz ( Avaloketeswora) cave lies

The hill where Chenrigiz ( Avaloketeswora) cave lies

ready to enter Manjushree cave at Halesi

ready to enter Manjushree cave at Halesi

on the way to Manjushree Cave

on the way to Manjushree Cave

women and children carrying water

women and children carrying water

Visiting such a sacred cave makes me alive at the deepest . These places are the truest definitions of the earth. They stand for the earth immediately and forever. It makes you alive, gives you inner peace and generate compassion. In fact it helps us to know about our existence. The memories of these experiences will last a lifetime, making God’s presence an ever-deeper reality for you.This deep soul satisfying trip gives me countless opportunities for inner inspiration.

guest house at halesi

guest house at Halesi

my bed

my bed

Halesi

Halesi

having dinner at Dewan Rai's guest house, you should not miss this guest house when you go to Halesi

having dinner at Dewan Rai’s guest house, you should not miss this guest house when you go to Halesi

lovely nature

what a nice greenery

colorful prayer flags that we offered

colorful prayer flags that we offered