Ahimsa: Kaja Wibe Fiksdal, Easwaran Thambiayah & Christian Paaske
Once upon a time there lived a man named Christian in a far away land called Norway. He was fond of chanting mantras, and one day a friend gave him a beautiful mantra CD made by the american Henry Marshall and his Playshop Family in Amsterdam. Christian loved the music, and as he leads a chanting group, Ahimsa, many of the songs were adopted into the repetoir. So much did the group like the songs that Henry, in absense, was made the mantra guru and protector for the group. Corresponce through e-mails took place, and Henry kindly sendt musical notes and guidance for the magical art of mantra.
Rickie Moore, Henry’s lovely wife, had for many years been inspired by Dorothy Maclean. She is known for communicating with devas and nature spirits, and she cofounded in the sixties the famous Findhorn community in Scotland. She has written several books, which Rickie has read and given to many of her friends as presents. Rickie have for a long time wanted to meet Dorothy, and expressed a wish to do so.
One day after a long period of work they were both tired and Rickie says to Henry:
– Lets do as Dorothy says. Lets recharge and get into nature, lets go to Norway.
Living in Amsterdam, and as the Netherlands does not have any untouched nature to offer that seemed like a good choice. They had never been to Norway, but following their instintcs they bought plane tickets, but no other arrangements were made.
On the evening before their travel, Rickie says to Henry:
– You remember that guy in Norway you corresponded with, why don’t you drop him an e-mail and ask for some ideas?
Now, in Christian’s chanting group the interest had started to drop. Still fewer chanters showed up on their regular sunday meetings, so Christian decided to stop the group. This evening he had just broken the sad news. Afterwards he went to check his e-mail, and there was the mail from Henry.
As Christian has a cabin in the mountains he offered Henry and Rickie to borrow it. So the very next day they showed up at Christians doorstep. They became good friends and Rickie and Henry had a wonderful time at the cabin and spent some days traveling around in Norway.
Christian could not avoid seeing the writing on the wall. Here he had closed down the mantra group, and the very next day the guru of the group shows up for the first time in person, asking;
– How is the mantra group doing?
So the friends got together and Henry led a mantra evening. The interst for mantra singing was given a new boost, and the group have been meeting regularly since. Starting in 1997. Ahimsa is still going strong !
There is an epilogue to this tale. As Christian ran a yoga center with many activities, that particular weekend a special lady was there giving a weekend workshop on communicating with angels and nature spirits. This was Dorothy Maclean, who Rickie had always wanted to meet. Now she did. Normally guest teacher leave on the sunday after their workshops, but Dorothy due to her travel plans stayed on an extra day. Ricke and Henry arrived on the monday, and Dorothy was still here. Ricke told her that she loved her books and often read them. As Rickie is a psychologist and author of several books herself, Dorothy replied.
– I am for the time being reading your book, «A Goddess in My Shoes». I have also wanted to meet you!
«No one can fully explain the mystery of mantras. Their magical sounds help heal physical imbalances, relax the mind, quiet the emotions, and open the heart. They stimulate, activate, motivate, and rejuvenate. They help you dance or sleep, laugh or cry, make love or meditate, turn tedious housework or heavy exercise to light hearted fun. They can help you forget someone or find someone. » Henry Marshall