Route 91 Harvest Festival Las Vegas: The World Shines a Light 

There’s not a day that goes by where I’m not putting on my clothes, shoes, or brushing my teeth, where I just think about the ordinary lives of, people who just went to have fun at a concert, or the ordinariness of the day from people on 9/11, who were just doing an ordinary thing, and then you never get home. 

These days of tragedy and crisis are to remind us all to be present in the ordinariness of our lives, that actually turns out to be extraordinary, when the person you love doesn’t come home at night.

I pay attention to things, when I need to and this is to make us all more enlightened and awaken  about our own life, and the fact that it shows up this way is a nightmare.  But, as I overheard someone say, seeing people coming together, helping each other — whether it’s this crisis we’re in or what we saw weeks ago in, in Houston, in Florida, and now in Puerto Rico — it shows the human collective of us all. It’s an  opportunity to show the best of ourselves, when the worst shows up.

At Mandalay Bay casino the gunman had a device to turn a rifle into a rapid-fire weapon and at  least one of the rifles the gunman had in his hotel suite was outfitted with a bump stock, a device that would enable it to fire hundreds of rounds per minute. Bump stocks are legal and inexpensive, with some versions advertised for $99. A standard stock is firmly fixed to the rifle. But a bump stock allows the body of the rifle to slide a short distance back and forth, harnessing the recoil energy of each shot. The shooter does not move the trigger finger; instead, the weapon bounces, or bumps, rapidly between shoulder and finger.
In 2013, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California proposed outlawing bump stocks, but Congress has not acted on her proposal. She proposed a ban again today on Tuesday.

Survivors had described the scene  on Sunday in vivid detail: Thousands of people screaming and running for cover at an outdoor music festival as victims fell around them. Mr. Paddock stationed himself in a 32nd-floor luxury suite of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and fired into a crowd of thousands of people. Law enforcement found Mr. Paddock dead in his room at the hotel.
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said that Mr. Paddock  placed cameras inside and outside of his hotel suite. The federal authorities said there were no indications that Mr. Paddock had ties to any international terrorist organization, despite a claim of responsibility by the Islamic State.
Mr. Paddock worked for the federal government for roughly 10 years, from 1975 to 1985, a spokeswoman for the federal Office of Personnel Management confirmed. 

Investigators unearthed multiple job applications, with Mr. Paddock’s fingerprints on file, as part of records reflecting his employment as a letter carrier for the Postal Service; as an I.R.S. agent; and as an auditor of defense contracts.
Mr. Paddock and his three brothers were raised by their mother, who told the children their father had died when in fact he was in prison, Eric Paddock said. Mr. Paddock’s father was convicted in 1961 of committing a series of bank robberies and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He escaped from La Tuna federal prison in Texas in 1968 and became a used-car dealer and bingo parlor operator in Oregon.
The police estimated that when the shooting began, there were 22,000 people at the Harvest Festival, listening to Jason Aldean, the final act of the three-day event.
Video of the shooting captured nine seconds of continuous, rapid fire, followed by 37 seconds of silence from the weapon and panicked screaming from the crowd. Gunfire then erupted again and again in extended bursts. Some concertgoers thought the noise was fireworks, but as it became clear what was happening, people fled, many of them unsure where the shots were coming from, or where they should go. 

Our hearts goes out to everyone involved and our condolences to the  59 families who lost loved ones and over 500 victims who were wounded in Sunday’s (Oct. 1) massacre at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas. Continue  to keep the faith.  

A memorial to the victims in Las Vegas, Nevada on the corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard.

love, krishna 

Protective Blessings to Everyone during this time of Natural Disaster 

Concerned for our friends in Mexico after the earthquake and all in the path of Hurricane Irma. 

Mexico rocked by HUGE earthquake:  32 people have been killed after an 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck 60 miles off the southern coast of Mexico, sparking tsunami warnings across the world while Hurricane Irma clobbers neighbouring Caribbean islands as it heads towards Florida. 

We also send healing vibes to the recovery in Texas from Hurricane Harvey. 

To La Tuna Wildfire in Southern California Stay safe to everyone in the vicinity and near the Oregon and Northwest California wildfires plus forest fires ravaging Washington, Oregon, and California. Sending healing vibes… 
To Healing,

#krishna 

Persephone and Pacific Northwest’s Winter

My winters for the past ten years have been while living in southern California, my winters were not very different from my summers. Although, I’m born and raised from New York, and east coast winters are intense! However, this year I found my own spiritual journey that had lead me to the Pacific Northwest where I found immense happiness– as well as my first true experience of living through a Pacific Northwest winter.

In Greek Mythology, there was a goddess named Persephone. She was a child of Zeus, the king of the Gods and Demeter, the goddess of Earth and nature. Persephone was wooed by many gods, but Demeter, ever the over protective mother rejected all their advances and eventually hid her daughter away. It was shortly after this that Hades, the god of the underworld abducted Persephone and swept her away to his kingdom. As Demeter desperately searched for her beloved daughter, the world began to change. Life came to a standstill. The flowers fainted away and died. The grasses faded away. Trees bore no fruit and the temperature turned antarctic. As Demeter’s anguish grew, earth continued to die and rest in peace. Zeus intervened and summoned Hades return Persephone to her mother. Before he agreed, Hades tricked Persephone into eating four pomegranate seeds, which effectively forced her to spend one month each year in Hades for every seed she’d eaten. When Demeter and her daughter were together, the Earth flourished with radiant vegetation and bright color, but for four months each year, when Persephone returned to the underworld, the earth once again became an infertile realm of darkness. This is an origin story to explain winter.

There is something about this season of winter that almost forces you to begin a process of turning inward, of reflecting upon the events prior to this slowed kapha activity.  Surely during this time, Demeter remembers happier times with her daughter.

This is a time of year when the world, and our own spirit, is renewed once more. It is a time of endings and new beginnings that fills our hearts with peace, joy, love and laughter. We are almost forced by Nature to spend more time with our beloved, with our friends and family, sharing our abundance with them.

#krishna