News and Views
“Our time is pervaded by a great paradox. On the one hand, we see signs of an unprecedented level of engaged global awareness, moral sensitivity to the human and non-human community, psychological self-awareness, and spiritually informed philosophical pluralism. On the other hand, we confront the most critical, and in some respects catastrophic, state of the Earth in human history. Both these conditions have emerged directly from the modern age, whose light and shadow consequences now affect every part of the planet.
“We seem to be living at the end of an era. The past and the future are converging in our time with extraordinary force. Old structures are cracking, the moment of creative chaos is upon us, and the drama of our age has become a great question: What new principles, what new structures-social, political, economic, ecological, psychological, spiritual-will emerge to ”shape our future? So much is at stake.
“We are facing a threshold of fundamental collective transformation that bears a striking resemblance to what takes place on the individual level in initiatory rites of passage, in near-death experiences, in spiritual crises, and in critical stages of what Jung called the individuation process. Can we find a place of equilibrium, an eye in the storm, from which we can engage this time of intense polarization and radical change? And in such an era of transition, what is the role of “hero” in each of us?’ (From Jung Society Atlanta Newsletter)
The way to deal with this is to simplify and find what makes your heart sing – so we can be authentic and anchored.. Pritam, 17.11.13
‘Aah! What a truly magical place, Long Valley Farm!’ Karen, 1.1.14
From the recent KNOWLEDGE OF HANDS experience for young men:
My stay at long valley farm, with Pritam and Har Bhajan, was an amazing and eye opening experience that I will not soon forget! Pritam and Har Bhajan just have so much to give and offer so much! They both have accomplished an incredible amount in their lives..And it goes to show when you look at their eco village – Long Valley Farm. They are working towards a fully sustainable living and are doing it at a fast rate! In the short time they have been there, Har Bhajan and Pritam have made a big impact on the perceptions of many people as to why and how to live sustainably. ‘Be part of the solution and not the problem’ Har Bhajan would say. These two kind and loving teachers have a vast knowledge on staying healthy, health foods, the food industry, the body, sustainable living and more that I was constantly asking questions whenever I got the chance. I wanted to take in as much as possible!
I arrived just over two weeks before the men’s camp course started and got to experience life on the farm. I also got to know and spend time with Pritam and Har Bhajan, who made me feel part of the family. Thank you! The farm is beautiful ! Their vegetable gardens expand from the back door outwards in every direction. There is the most amazing 360° view of the cape mountains constantly catching your eye. Life on LVF is something I will never forget.. I was even lucky enough to see a buck about 4 steps away on my first night, a nice introduction to my stay there.
Over those two weeks prior to the 10 day course I got to do lots on the farm, clearing a weed-ridden garden and planting blueberry trees and lilies in their place. I planted potatoes and got to help make a raised deck and a variety of other tasks aswell. All very rewarding! And I was glad I could help out in some way..
Har Bhajan made a few points which stuck in my mind Make everything you do a meditation, with a mantra in mind. If you can breathe consciously, you can live consciously.Be part of the solution and not the problem. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.
There was lots of time to meet the others who stayed on the farm: Alison, Terence and Eva, all very nice and welcoming people. I also met all the farm animals: their cat Laddu, their Jack Russel Joti, the two pigs and three beautiful horses. I spent quite a bit of time with Har an and the horses who I became quite fond of, quickly getting over my fear of horses. Tererence and Eva also have two dogs and Alison has a dog aswell called jasper. They are soon getting some cows, too. There is constant activity on the farm and someone is always there! Never a dull moment on Long Valley Farm.
Every day, we would get up before sunrise and do our yoga and meditation, then have breakfast and start our day. In the evenings, Har Bhajan and I would do our meditation and have dinner.. Every day was unique and there was always a lesson to be learned. Breakfast, lunch and dinner was always something different and I was amazed at how good the food always was. Pritam is an outstanding cook, I looked forward to every meal. I was lucky she showed me how to make a few dishe, too. Har Bhajan even made mayonnaise, sauerkraut and pickled onions whilst I was there, I had plenty sauerkraut and mayonnaise, all very tasty. I had never eaten so well and so healthy, ever as I did in the month I was there. I now have a love for good vegetarian food and have become a vegetarian myself with a greater understanding of food combining. I was excited to see the variety of fruits and vegetables they had growing and how they had so much. I ate plenty freshly picked spinach, lettuce, artichokes, onions and a harvest of juicy plums.
The 10 day men’s camp was filled with lots of very interesting and valuable information and teachings that all men should know about and be exposed to. We covered lots of things that the men of today have forgotten and lost with changing of times. Coming out of the left brain into the right brain and what we can do to make a positive change in our lives. Har Bhajan gave lots of good advice for the future.
One of the other nice things I really enjoyed about Long Valley Farm was that there was always kind and interesting spiritual people who came to visit. There was always something to learn from them if you listened and asked the right questions. I was often asking Har Bhajan questions about food and the industry and his trips overseas and how he came to find yoga. All very interesting stories worth asking about.There are quite a few things that I have taken from my stay on Long Valley Farm! Some of them being:
- Hope for this sustainable way of life to spread.
- A greater curiosity and willingness to learn.
- A better understanding of what it takes to truly live consciously.
- A wider knowledge on healthy vegetarian foods and the food industry.
- A willingness to get my hands dirty!
- Doing what needs to be done no matter the circumstances.
- A better understanding of what it takes to be a true man.
Har Bhajan and Pritam truly come from the heart, their hospitality amazed me greatly and I felt like part of the family by the time I left. I highly recommend this men’s course with Har Bhajan. There is so much to learn. I hope it will open your eyes, as to what is possible, as it did mine. I really enjoyed my stay on the farm and never could have expected to have such a rich experience as I did, I am eternally grateful!
God Bless, Sat Nam Jagat Bir