Service and devotion (Karma Yoga and Bhakti)

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He is always stepping aside to pray the Father. Every time he preaches or he goes doing ministry he always takes time apart to pray. He was constantly renewing his Bhakti, his devotion to the Father.
And yes, he even prays on the cross when he says  the words of the Psalm 22 “My God my God, why have you forsaken me?” but if we take the time to read the whole psalm we will see that it was not simply a cry of despair as it ends so beautifully in praise.

And what was the Karma Yoga, the selfless service that Jesus did? His love and devotion did not make him blind to the sufferings around him. He was a great healer. This was his Karma Yoga (the Yoga of service)

You remember that I related how Jesus was in the temple in Nazareth and he read from the scrolls, in the Gospel of Luke, we are told,
“After leaving the synagogue,  Jesus entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother in law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked him about her. Then he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. Immediately she got up and began to serve them.”

(Jesus healed her and she served. As the woman of the house it was also her duty to open the Sabath prayer in the home)

“As the sun was setting, all those who had any who were suffering from various kinds of diseases, brought them to him, and he laid his hands on each of them and cured them.” (Luke 4. v38-40)

I like Luke for this because he was a doctor and so these details of illnesses interested him. All through the writings of Luke we see how Jesus was healing people, individuals who came and begged for their health.
There are instances around that time that Luke records Jesus healing lepers and paralytics etc but he also mentions on occasions that after these healings, Jesus would go somewhere to pray. After he chooses his disciples he teaches and again  …

“and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, Tyre and Sidon. They had all come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases…..and all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and he healed all of them.” (Luke 6 v17)

For him, the whole substance of the law and the prophets is resumed in love, “In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matt 7. v 12) He takes it even further and gives us a teaching which is maybe the hardest to follow…to love those who hate and persecute us.

“You have heard it said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’. But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your coat as well; and if someone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile”
The great Mahatma Ghandi was inspired by this phrase and he used it in his practice of Ahimsa (non-violence) which is also a virtue of the Yoga teachings.

The Master, Swami Shivananda said that he found in the teachings of Jesus a pattern which if followed ‘will without fail, lift us from the gross life to a transcendental Divine Life in the Spirit.
He said, “Jesus gives us the highest Vedanta presented in the simplest of words, “Love thy neighbour as thyself” (Christmas message 1951, life and teachings of Lord Jesus)

And so this evening my lecture is not something to do with a particular religion nor either am I trying to convince you of his Divinity or anything but simply to draw observations on what he taught and how he lived in the light of the teachings of yoga and the life of a yogi.

When in the other lectures to come I will speak of St Francis or any Christian mystic who followed the teachings of Jesus, I want to also compare them and their way of life and how they taught, and see also the comparisons with Yoga.

One of the greatest pioneers in the search of finding a common ground between and above our differences, a man who I had the grace and privilege of meeting on several occasions and who I consider a friend and mentor, passed away some two years ago, Fr. Murray Rogers.

He said, “The Christ is too great to be reduced to the expression of him which was conveyed to us through the New Testament and the Church and Fr.Murray continues,

“We Christians are always tempted to fashion Christ according to our own measurements. When, thanks to all that his Hindu and Buddhist brothers and sisters have experienced on their pilgrimage path, as well as to his own self-disclosure in “Christian” channels of grace, we discover him as he truly is, always beyond, beyond all name and form, always beyond all his innumerable manifestations;
and when we hear his voice sending us beyond ourselves, beyond every experience we may have had of him hitherto, then we know ourselves to be interwoven threads of a tapestry which is beyond our imagining in wonder and glory- and that tapestry is the life of the Father, the Silence in which alone this extraordinary voyage of creation will reach its goal.”

I will end with a thought from Teilhard de Chardin, a word which expresses our gratitude for being part of this whole mystery of Life. He said:

“ Like a vast tide the Being will have dominated the tremblings of all beings. The extraordinary adventure of the World will have ended in the bosom of a tranquil ocean, of which however, each drop will be conscious of being itself.”

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Yoga and Jesus

Jnana Yoga……the Yoga of Knowledge;

JNANA MEANS WISDOM or knowledge in Sanskrit. Jnana Yoga is a technique for seeking liberation in which identification with the real Self (rather than with the body or ego) is developed by a steady effort to discern or discriminate between pure awareness and the objects of awareness.
(http://www.realization.org/page/topics/jnana_yoga.htm)

“Only the knowledge of God, the vision of God, in the Biblical sense of deep experience counts. I can see now that one can be a brilliant theologian, lecturing for example, on the Nicene Creed, and yet know nothing of the Divine Mystery, the Holy Trinity, upon whom one is expanding a multitude of words.
Or, on the other hand, one can be illiterate, unable to write or utter one word about the Reality that fills one, and yet be a deep practiser or doer of the Word.

To know about God, to talk about God, to preach about prayer, is very different from knowing God, from tasting and practicing contemplative prayer.

The difference that our Hindu friends make between brahmavadi, one who talks about Brahman, and Brahma vid, one who knows Brahman has been very largely ignored by us Christians, especially of the Western Churches.” (Father Murray Rogers essay “On the Pilgrim Path” given at a meeting of the World Council of Churches)

From his very early age of twelve when Jesus’ parents took him up to the Temple of Jerusalem for the  Festival of Passover and they lose him in the crowds and they search for three days and finally they found him. “After three days, they found him in the temple sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.” (Luke 2 v.46) and Luke says, “Jesus increased in wisdom and in Divine and human favour”

In later years when Jesus becomes a man and he goes for the first time to teach in the synagogue in Nazareth and we are told in the Gospel of St Luke that “he stood up to read and the scroll of Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”
And Jesus rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began by saying to them, “today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing’. All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words which came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” (Luke 4, v 16)

Jesus had the knowledge of God, the vision of God who he called “Father”

Photo: Sea of Galillee .

In his teachings, Jesus said “Those who want to save their life will loose it and those who loose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world and suffer the loss of their own soul. Or what will they give in return for their life?” Matt 16 v 25)

What he was saying is that we may possess so much knowledge of the universe but what does that serve if we don’t possess the knowledge of our own soul, of our own inner spiritual dimension.

Later on St Paul, wrote, “I pray that the Father of glory may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know Him, so that with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power for us who believe…I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with  all the saints, what is the breath and the length and the height and the depth, and to know the love of God which surpasses knowledge so that you may be filled with the fullness of God” (Ephesians 1 v 17)

Paul does not have enough words to express this knowledge, this experience of the Divine.

Jesus said “Come to me all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am humble and gentle in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”(Matthew 11, v 28-30)

This was originally written in Greek and the word for yoke is zugos. If it was in India maybe he would have said “My Yoga is easy” The way the word Yoke is used by Jesus it was meant to mean a particular school of thought, in other words his way of uniting us to God.

Take My Yoke Upon You Looking into the Greek of the New Testament and the ancient Mediterranean world to better understand this phrase.  The word “yoke” comes from the word zugos and it can be used in a variety of contexts. It can refer to balances or scales, such as those used by merchants or those which symbolize justice.[1]  In the context that we have here in Matthew 11:29, it can refer to a heavy crossbeam, which is a metaphor for being bound in slavery to a heavy load.  Zugos is also quite common throughout the Greek Old Testament. (there were 70 books of the Bible translated in Greek. Its called the Septuagint)
Well, we find the word zugos in many passages of the Septuagint, which can offer us interesting insights.  For example, zugos is often used in the Septuagint to refer to the tyrannical and oppressive rule of foreign powers over Israel.  Similarly, God speaks of breaking oppressive yokes and delivering his people (see Leviticus 26:13; Isaiah 9:3; 10:27; 11:13; 14:5, 25).[3]
On the other hand, zugos is also used in the Septuagint to refer to the “yoke of God” or in other words to covenant fidelity to God’s commandments and his everlasting grace.  But as we have witnessed all too often, the natural man desires to be “free” of all constraints and all yokes. In the book of the prophet Jeremiah Chap.2 v 20, we read, “For long ago you broke your yoke and burst your bonds, and you said “I will not serve” and in Chap 5 v.5 “Let me go to the rich and speak to them: surely they know the way of the Lord, but they all alike had broken the yoke, they had burst the bonds.”
The people were tired and weary because of all the laws and doctrines imposed and so he says….”take my yoke upon you, and learn from me,(take my knowledge)  for I am humble and gentle in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Jesus’ main work on earth was to reveal to us God as a father and he gave many parables to show this. One of the famous ones is the story of the son who left his father’s house and ran away and squandered all his earnings.  And Jesus relates when the lad is coming back home the father spots him and runs to greet him. He tells this because he wants to give us a different vision of God. He is speaking from his own knowledge.

Jesus gives the knowledge of God in many ways but then too he expresses his own union with the Father. In this story he is speaking about the Father and he said “If you know me, you will also know the Father. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him” and Philip said to him, “Lord show us the Father and we will be satisfied” and Jesus said to him, “have I been with you all this time, Philip and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me, has seen the Father. How can you say, show us the Father? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you, I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does His works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me.” (John 14, 8-11)

Jesus experiences the Father, he knows Him and also He expresses his union with Him. This is his most important teaching, this unity with the Divine and this is so important that the night before he is taken away and he recites his last prayer with his disciples this is what he prays for…..”now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words you have given to me, I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf”….and he prays for their protection and so forths and then he prays…

”As you Father are in me and I in you, may they also be in us…..the glory that You have given me, I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one…”

And so when we read in our Yoga manuals that the aim of all Yoga is union with the Divine, and we look at what Jesus taught, is not this the same thing that he desired most for his friends.

And he tells them also that he is sending his Spirit to them and so it is his gifts that will bring them completeness, the higher reality waiting to be discovered within and to become open to the Holy Spirit’s guidance

The teaching, “Love thy neighbour as thyself”, made me wonder what was there in one’s self to love. It was only through an experience of meditation and discovering the joy and peace within
that made me realise there in the secret of one’s heart lies the Spirit of God which is worth all our love and devotion. That same presence lies within the heart of every human being. Knowing this intellectually is not sufficient. It is only the experience that can satisfy.

Late have I loved you,
O Beauty so ancient and so new,
late have I loved you!
You were within me, but I was outside,
and it was there that I searched for you.
In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created.
You were with me, but I was not with you.
Created things kept me from you;
yet if they had not been in you they would not have been at all.
You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness.
You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness.
You breathed your fragrance on me;
I drew in breath and now I pant for you.
I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more.
You touched me, and I burned for your peace.  (Confessions of St Augustine)

In Chapter 6 of the Gita v 20 states, “When the mind comes to rest, restrained by the presence of Yoga, and when beholding the Self, by the self, he is content in the Self.
V 21. He knows that infinite happiness which is grasped by the intellect and transcends the senses, and established there, does not deviate from the truth.”
“L“Late have I loved you, O beauty ever anciente called out, and have shattered my deafness.  You have blazed forth with light and have put my blindness to flight!  You have sent forth fragrance, and I have drawn in Yetmy YetJesus gave a method. “Whenever you go to pray, go to your room and close the door and pray to your Father in secret” (Matt 6:6) This was his teaching on meditation, the highest form of prayer. Closing the door, referring to closing the doors of perception, going in to the presence, to the dwelling within where the Father dwells.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WoCwuPXhvM

sharing notes

For over some ten years I have been invited to speak in some schools of Yoga, about my thoughts on the similarities that exist between the philosophy of Yoga and that of Christianity.


I have a series of notes that some have asked me to share and so I will begin with one of the main ones.
This was taken from a talk on Yoga and teachings in Christianity

Yoga and the Teachings of Lord Jesus.

I have chosen Yoga and the teachings of Lord Jesus as the introductory lecture for tonight rather than Yoga and Christianity because I want to compare the teachings of Yoga specifically to what I believe Jesus taught.

When I speak of Yoga, I look at several definitions. One of the main books I looked to for reference concerns the Bhagavad Gita. It was the first book I read from the  teachings of India. The name Bhagavad means Lord and Gita, song. When reading this book, especially in the beginning, we need a good commentary.

I have found that the commentary from a great Saint from India called Ynaneshwar, is for me, the best!

Jnanadev or Jnaneshwar, Poet and yogi, was on this earth for about twenty years, nearly seven hundred years ago. His brief life was considered a divine event.

The Bhagavad Gita embodies the essence of the Vedic Religion within a short compass and in the most popular form. When I was in India in every temple in the North especially,  they would be giving talks on this book.

That glorious dialogue between Arjuna and Lord Krishna, is aptly described as Jnanamaya Pradipa – The Light of Knowledge.

The cardinal Pietro Rosssano was nominated as President of a Pontifical Council for Dialogue with other Religions. This was in the sixties during the time of Pope Paul VI, and the Cardinal began reading the Bhagavad Gita he said, to learn about Hinduism.

In an article in a review called Theology and Religions, this Cardinal of the Catholic Church wrote about the Bhagavad Gita and he said, “the Bhagavad Gita, with its invitation to reply showing an abandon to a personal and affectionate love of God for man, offers a path which does not cease to surprise the Christian because of its close analogy with the Gospel precept..”

This article coming out from Rome at the time was an added inspiration for me to read the Bhagavad Gita.

In this book, the Lord Krishna tells Arjuna what is Yoga. In Chap2 V 48

Yogastah Kuru Karmani!  Established in Yoga, perform your actions., having abandoned attachment, Arjuna, and having become indifferent to success or failure. It is said that evenness of mind is Yoga.
And in V 50 Lord Krishna again explains,
He whose wisdom is established casts off, here in this world, both good and evil actions; therefore devote yourself to Yoga! Yoga is skill in action!.

And the Lord Krishna outlines three approaches towards this union with God.

Karma Yoga,  the way of action, Jnana Yoga, the way of Knowledge, and Bhakti Yoga, the way of Devotion.
Both Swami VishnuDevananda and  the Master Swami Sevananda said that the aim of all Yoga is to lead us to the Union with the Divine.

There is this Sutra which says “When the mind becomes one, it is called Raja Yoga. The Yogi, being the master of creation and destruction, becomes the equal of Ishwara” (Pradipika Chap 77)
Who said “I and the Father are One”?

The meaning of the word religion has been disputed all through the centuries and some say it comes from the Latin word ‘religare’, to bind together and in the
Catholic Encyclopaedia it says:
Religion in its simplest form implies the notion of being bound to God ; the same notion is uppermost in the word religion in its most specific sense, as applied to the life of poverty, chastity, and obedience to which individuals voluntarily bind themselves by vows more or less solemn. Hence those who are thus bound are known as religious.

As human beings I believe whether we like it or not, we are all bound, tied in to that same reality as we call God, the Divine, Creator, the Self or by whatever we may call It. It is only that our minds have strayed and we don’t know where we are.

And we are told that the aim of all Yoga is union with the Divine. In that sense, Yoga then is really about religare, religion, in the true sense of the word without ritual or dogma.

In this reality, as we sit here tonight, regardless of what religion we follow or we don’t, we can look at Yoga…..union with the Divine, or with our True Self, as something for every one of us.

When I was a child and in school, a Catholic school, I remember being taught that we were put on this earth for these reasons; to know, to love and to serve God in this world and to be happy with him now and forever in the next. (Baltimore Catechism)

Remember also what I previously mentioned as the Bhagavd Gita proposes, the three paths of Yoga, Action, Knowledge and Devotion,

I find then that in Yoga, exists the same thing as I was taught, why I am on this earth!

So I look at Jesus and the more I look at him and what he taught and what he said, the more I can find things pertaining similar to the teachings in Yoga.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5GKAclrhgfA#!

some interesting notes

Here are some notes concerning the spiritual life which I find very interesting. They come from a man called Origen.

Origen was born in 184 or 185 in Alexandria, Egypt, a thriving city founded by Alexander the Great in the fourth century BC. Alexandria was a center of commerce and culture, the birthplace of Neoplatonism and the hometown of the Philo, the great Jewish philosopher. Christianity arrived as early as the close of the first century AD, in both its Catholic and Gnostic forms, and eagerly joined the rich atmosphere of philosophical discussion already present. In sharp contrast to Latin theologians such as Tertullian, Alexandrian Christians viewed Greek philosophy as a useful means for interpreting and sharing their faith.

Origen was the eldest of seven children. His mother’s name is unknown, but his father was Leonides, a Roman citizen of high standing {2} and probably a teacher of Greek literature. Leonides personally educated his brilliant son in both Hellenistic and Biblical studies, and  often found himself unable to answer Origen’s probing questions regarding the latter. (Google)

SPIRITUAL LIFE OR
A JOURNEY OF THE SOUL

Origen considers spiritual life as a serious journey of the soul. Through this journey the soul returns by divine grace to her original nature, and becomes an icon of God. Thus, she can be raised up through canonical struggling till her return to the bosom of God.

It is a dangerous trip, or it is a continuous battle, but it has its sweetness through unceasing victory over the evil world, sin and demons. Believers examine the work of the Holy Trinity while they are struggling.

Through His grace God leads the soul on and on, from a knowledge of one’s self to the struggle against sin, to practices of asceticism, to the mystical ascent, until at last she is admitted to the mystical (spiritual) union with the Logos:

The soul is moved by heavenly love and longing when, having clearly beheld the beauty and the fairness of the Word of God,

it falls deeply in love with His loveliness and receives from the Word Himself a certain dart and wound of love…

If, then, a man can so extend his thinking as to ponder and consider the beauty and the grace of all the things that have been created in the Word, the very charm of them will so smite him, the grandeur of their brightness will so pierce him as with a chosen dart, as the prophet says (Isa. 49:2), that he will suffer from the dart Himself a saving wound, and will be kindled with the blessed fire of His love.


This trip of the souls is the ladder of Paradise, which the patriarch Jacob saw, being traversed by those spirits that fall away or by those other spirits that are restored, in the course of several lives, to the dignity they had at the beginning. The poem of heaven unrolls according to the same law. Heaven is peopled by souls that have fallen away but are more meek and mild than the others to wisdom, and they take part in the splendid liturgy of the celestial city. Moreover, a more perfect universe, is to come, in which matter, having become pure and ethereal, will form the new world.

DISCOVERING ONESELF

The first stage of spiritual life is that in which a believer returns to himself, acknowledges himself, and discovers world in miniature within himself.

Origen understands that the real world is the world inside man, or his spiritual being, which in a sense partakes of the nature of God. His concept originated in the meeting of two great doctrines:

1. The biblical one that man was created as an icon of God. To be more precise, man was made not just in God’s icon but in the icon of the Logos. It is said in the Book of the Song of Songs, “If you know not yourself, O fairest among women, go forth and follow after the steps of the flocks” (Song 1:7).

2. The Platonist one that man’s perfection depends on his likeness to God.
Man is also involved in the life of the senses, which is foreign to his essence. he loses God’s icon in so far as he molds himself to the pattern of animal life. Spiritual life will therefore consist of the process by which he returns to his true nature, his efforts first to realize what he is and then to try and recover his real nature by destroying the power of his corrupt animal life. To the extent to which he succeeds, he will recover the image of God that once was in him and in it will see God.

In other words, a believer in acknowledging his inner-self feels two realities:

1. His need to returning to his original nature by divine grace.

Who, although they have been given by God the grace of thinking on and understanding many things, neglect other spheres of knowledge and give no heed to self-knowledge.

He who does not realize his own weakness and the divine grace, even if he receives a benefit before he has come to know himself and condemn himself, will come as his own achievement what has actually been freely supplied him from the heavenly grace. This produces pride and arrogance, and will be a cause of his downfall.

(Thanks to Nasa for the photos)
2. The real world is within him.

Understand that you are another and that there is within you the sun, the moon, and the stars…

Do you doubt that the sun and the moon are within you to whom it is said that you are the light of the world?

Remembering Mother

Today we celebrate, all over the globe, Mother’s Day. I was thinking of putting a photo of her but instead, the thought came to mind that because she shines like a star in my mind, it may be fun to put, instead, a photo of a star.I would like to dedicate this to my mother who, in our family, we called “Mother”

There are a few things she said which I never forget. I may have mentioned some before but I will mention them again.

Half a loaf is better than none.

Church is in your heart.

If I did not have faith, I could not make it

Don’t dam the bridge after you have crossed it.

Purgatory?  This life is purgatory

When last I saw her in Trinidad: (she was 85 and in a nursing home)

“Rolph. lets meditate”

I said Mother, I just arrived.

She said “So what”

I saw her for the last time, three days after she passed over……in a dream. She looked beautiful

“I came to say goodbye” she said “I only have three days”

It was the third day, the day her body was buried.

Mother was Anglican and I went often to church with her.  She loved to sing and so,
I dedicate this hymn to her and to all the mothers and the Mother within our heart.

For a New World

Instead of occupying the streets and blocking workers from getting to their jobs and trying useless and wasteful energy in attempts to influence hard headed politicians,
I humbly think that this is something youth all over the world should be investing in, or if not,  them and their children of the future will have nothing to eat!

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BOOM!! AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE FESTIVAL

Greetings beautiful Boomers,

It’s 2012 and we’re building the most sustainable festival in the history of the Boom…. It takes a bunch of crazy adventurers to do it over the years and come from all over the world to experience it, but that’s exactly what drives the spirit of the Boom: pure ADVENTURE!

Boom is one ARTivist event and is being sculpted like a work of art that demonstrates the infinite possibilities of sustainable survival.

As a result, the meticulous production of the Boom pivots around an intense environmental program, which ultimately aims to take the entire festival completely off the grid. However, an intelligent understanding of the environment and its location is critical to the festival’s permaculture and environmental program, which is based on the context of a bioregional framework.


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THE LOCATION

The festival takes place in Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal, situated within the Geopark Meseta Meridional – a bioregional area containing a complex eco-system of its own soils, landforms, watersheds, climates as well as native plants and animals. [link]

THE BOOM FESTIVAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM

The meticulous production of the Boom pivots around an intense environmental program. The festival has successfully implemented a number of initiatives as it progresses towards the ultimate goal of taking the entire festival completely off the grid. [link]

PRINCIPLES OF PERMACULTURE ARE OUR INSPIRATION!

Planting of edible gardens and flowers beds; nourishing the land using natural composting materials, implementation of ingenious ideas for growing organic food and living in harmony in all climates.


BOOM OFF THE GRID: A NEW ECO PROJECT FOR 2012

Taking one giant leap towards this goal, this year, Boom takes both its Healing and Sacred Fire areas completely off grid – that’s 25 percent of the entire festival. We are implementing more solar and wind energies all around the Boom 2012. [link]

YOUR OIL IS MUSIC: INNOVATION IN 2008 WITH VEGGIE OIL

Boom’s plan for alternative energy has been evolving over recent years. In 2008, it launched the project Your Oil is Music, collecting 45,000 litres of waste vegetable oil for its generators, preventing the emission of 117,000kg of C02 into the atmosphere. [link]

THE BOOM LAB: GOING DEEPER WITH THE SUN

Launched in 2010, the Boom Lab built five photovoltaic stations – a move that helped bring the festival even closer to becoming independent of the mainstream electrical matrix. [link]

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WATER: EVERY DROP COUNTS!

Boom’s system for recycling water has been in place since 2008 and is based on plants, bioremediation and evapotranspiration. The 2010 edition saw the launch of the STAR water treatment unit, based on bio-remediation and evapotranspiration, treating 100 percent of all waste water at Boom. A total of 5.5 million litres of wastewater was treated. [link]


ECO-ART: THE BEAUTINESS OF NATURE

The power of art is most profound when created with nature. Vast gardens become works of art as environ-artists work with natural materials, demonstrating sustainable and creative ways of connecting with nature. [link]

COMPOSTING TOILETS, CLEAN SANITATION

We use composting toilets – the cleanest most odour-free toilets to be found at a festival of this scale. They use no water and no chemicals. Built from scratch on site, they generated 70,000 litres of organic, high quality liquid fertilizer for agricultural production. [link]

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WASTE MANAGEMENT: A CLEANER BOOM

The Boom Ecoteam comprises a total of 150 volunteers that collect all the waste and recyclables on site. The team works around the clock collecting rubbish for the waste conversion facility, which compacts everything to send to the municipal system. There is also a system in place to recycle compost organics. [link]


BIO-CONSTRUCTION: A BOOM PASSION

All structures across the site built using sustainable materials including adobe, cane, stone, bamboo and straw-bale. [link]

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: THE BOOM BUS

In 2010, 3,500 people travelled to Boom on the Boom Bus from Lisbon and Madrid. We estimate that by counting an average of three people per car, we have prevented some 1,150 cars from driving into to the Boom – therefore contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions. [link]

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LOCALISM, FAIR TRADE & BIOREGIONALISM

Basics such as fruit, vegetables, animal products, olive oil, water, local beer (made from natural ingredients) and materials for building and construction, are locally sourced. Boom supports fair trade, opting for local brands and small companies.


AWARDS: CONSEQUENCE OF A COMMITMENT

Boom’s dedication to creating an environmentally sustainable festival has reaped the following awards:

• Greener Festival Award in 2008 and 2010 (for Outstanding Prize)

• European Festival Award 2010 (for Green ‘n’ Clean Festival of the Year)

Permaculture principles drive the Boom, allowing choices that enhance the ecology, economy and culture of the place while serving as a solution to the temporary resource shortfalls that many of us have experienced around the world. [link]

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PARTICIPATE AT BOOM

Until 3 July you can get your 3rd Phase Boom ticket. There are several pricing systems:

– Regular Pricing

– Social Pricing

– Developing Country

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BOOM FESTIVAL 2012

15 Years Edition

FULL MOON, JULY 28 – AUGUST 4

Idanha-a-Nova Lake, Portugal

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