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Updates for April 2014 - Trip to United Nations

Posted by Nell Rose Phillips on Saturday, April 26, 2014, In : Updates 

Today I am preparing for my trip to the United Nations on April 29th to participate in a special session on Nuclear Disarmament.  I already know several of the key players who will attend and I am looking forward to meeting and creating relationships with several others.   H.E. Archbishop Francis A. Chullikatt the Permanent Observer for the Holy See (the Pope) will be present and I look forward to meeting him and creating a stronger connection with the Vatican.  I have already made co...


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Important News For Minority Faiths

Posted by Nell Rose Phillips on Friday, March 28, 2014, In : Latest News 

This week I'm working on something very very important!

The American Correctional Association which sets the standards for all correctional systems in the United States, is currently working on creating a standard for qualifications for Administrators who oversee prison religion programs.  There is strong conversation in their corner, that training in religious pluralism or a background in world religions is not necessary to be hired to oversee religion programs in state and federal p...


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The jungle outside Kollur

Posted by Nell Rose Phillips on Friday, February 21, 2014, In : Mahayaga 

February 16, 2014

Kerala, India

I'm sitting in a clearing deep in the jungle next to an amazing tree.  

The sound of tropical birds and other animals of the forest can be heard from every direction and it is good to get away from the town and all of the people and just connect with nature.

There are tigers and black leopards here and wild peacocks and chickens too.  Also huge deer-like animals similar to an elk, but slightly smaller.  There were elephants here in the past, but the tow...


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Kollur, India: The sacred mountain.

Posted by Nell Rose Phillips on Saturday, February 15, 2014, In : Mahayaga 


February 15, 2014

Kerala, India

Today here in the jungle was amazing beyond words.  We took a several hour jeep ride high up onto the sacred mountain in the center.  The ride was both rough and dangerous and very very steep.

When we reached the end of the track, we got out and climbed up a steep path for miles, continuously going up until we could see for a hundred miles.  The trail was carved onto the edge of a cliff that dropped off thousands of feet.  It caused me to have vertigo w...


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Last Day at Mahayaga 2014

Posted by Nell Rose Phillips on Friday, February 14, 2014, In : Mahayaga 


Feb 12, 2014

Mahayaga

Last day

Here we are again and it is the last day of this prestigious event.  Tomorrow we leave for Kohlor to bless a new temple and will stay there for four days.  Then back to London, and finally back home.  It's beginning to feel like a long trip.

As I write, I am sitting in the front row with thousands of people behind me along with my friend Lady Windsor from England and my new Kogi friend, Calixo.  One can feel the intensity of the multitudes of people wait...


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The adventure begins - Mahayaga in Kerala February 2014

Posted by Nell Rose Phillips on Sunday, February 2, 2014, In : Mahayaga 

February 2, 2014

Greetings All.

On Wednesday morning  January 29th, we  started another adventure as myself and the first two of my three person support team departed for India.  I will be co-facilitating the Mahayaga in Kerala which is a huge multi-million person spiritually based event, directed toward bringing peace and harmony to all on our planet, and I will also be giving several key speeches and meeting with other peace workers and political and spiritual leaders.

My pea...


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England

Posted by Nell Rose Phillips on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, In : England 

As many of you know, as a consequence of my work toward world peace & planetary sustainability, I had the distinct honor to be invited to be a guest for the holidays on the Royal Windsor estate on the Welsh-English border with the Earl of Plymouth, the Viscount & Viscountess Windsor, and other members of the Windsor family .  

The Lord & Lady Windsor were wonderful and gracious hosts to me throughout the holidays, and treated me as an honored guest.  They allowed me to have the opport...


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Kumbh Mela- Blog 14

Posted by Nell Rose Phillips on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, In : Kumbh Mela 
February 8, 2013
Kumbh Mela
Allahabad, India

I haven't written for several days now, primarily because of the sheer level of participation in many auspicious events.  There have been too many for me to share fully, but I will touch on just a few to give you a flavor of what it's like to be me at this time and in this place.

I'd like to begin by saying that I have been treated here in India with the upmost respect, and that I have not only been granted the recognition of being a spiritual leader i...
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Kumbh Mela - Blog 13 Harriet Nettles

Posted by Nell Rose Phillips on Monday, January 28, 2013, In : Kumbh Mela 
My blog today will be based on the talk that Sadhvi Sarawati gave to the Divine Shakti Festival group, who are sharing wonderful yoga classes here at Kumbha Mela.  I am grateful for her amazing ability to take spiritual concepts that I have heard for maybe thirty years, and present them in a way that touches me deeply. She is Swami Sarawati’s assistant, but he turns to her to speak on his behalf- his respect for her is evident.

When we speak of the divine feminine, we are speaking of the wom...
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Kumbh Mela - Blog 12

Posted by Nell Rose Phillips on Sunday, January 27, 2013, In : Kumbh Mela 
January 26th 2013
Kumbh Mela
Allahabad, India

Today started again early with heavy fog and a deep penetrating cold.  I didn't have the energy to go down to the river this morning so I performed a small peace ritual in my cabin.

Last night, I had the honor of being the distinguished speaker here at the Kumbh Mela opposite the world renowned  environmentalist and author, Venanda Shiva.

This was a huge event packed with officials and press and I was the opening speaker.  I addressed the audience on t...
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Kumbh Mela - Blog 11

Posted by Nell Rose Phillips on Sunday, January 27, 2013, In : Kumbh Mela 
January 25th 2013
Kumbh Mela
Allahabad, India

Yesterday, we invited a group of young untouchable fisherman's daughters to our camp to be honored as Goddesses in front of press and TV networks, in order to begin a shift in India's traditional view of women. The girls were showered with rose petals and beautiful chants and songs were sung to them by young men attending the ceremony.  Many mothers were present, and the sense of the magnitude of such an acknowledgment was tangible and easily seen in...
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Kumbh Mela - Blog 10

Posted by Nell Rose Phillips on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, In : Kumbh Mela 
January 23rd 2013
Kumbh Mela
Allahabad, India

I write this morning from my bed as I struggle to rejoin the event.  The last two days have been a fog of agony with only snippets of consciousness here and there.  I went through tossing fevers and chills so intense that my teeth still hurt a day later from clashing together.  I don't know what it was, but I was so weak that a simple task like checking the time on my cell phone took two or three hours to recuperate from.

I have managed to sit up for ...
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Kumbh Mela - Blog 9

Posted by Nell Rose Phillips on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, In : Kumbh Mela 
January 20th 2013
Kumbh Mela
Allahabad, India

Today began at 4:00 AM as I was called by the power of the river.  It's hard to describe my overall experience here at Kumbh Mela to anyone.  I am involved in many events daily which in themselves are often once in a lifetime moments. Moments which are connected to direct action on my part to promote and set into place principles that I live by.  Exemplifying compassion, demonstrating new pathways to peace, teaching about the sacredness of nature and...
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Kumbh Mela - Harriet - Day 8

Posted by Nell Rose Phillips on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, In : Kumbh Mela 
Patrick is sick today with the cough that has found a home in the frigid night air here on the banks of the river, so I will write about our day with 5000 school children yesterday. They came marching in to gather on the steps of Sangam Ghat in straight lines of uniformed students, carrying signs with slogans for the campaign to clean up the Ganges River, chanting in rhythm to their marching bands. For Patrick and those of us who love nature so passionately, it was a deeply moving day.  Envir...
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March of 5,000 School Children - Blog 7

Posted by Nell Rose Phillips on Sunday, January 20, 2013, In : Kumbh Mela 
Hi All.

Today I led a march of 5,000 school children along the banks of the Ganges to both clean up the sacred river, but also to call for world peace and the preservation of our environment generally.

All of these things have been quite spontaneous, and our single act of mucking trash in front of all of the pilgrims has gone viral across the world.  There were TV stations from many countries and newspaper reporters everywhere.  The Governor and Minister and many other officials have joined wit...
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Kumbh Mela - Blog 6 - Harriet Nettles

Posted by Nell Rose Phillips on Saturday, January 19, 2013, In : Kumbh Mela 
Since we have come to India  to participate in the largest spiritual gathering on earth  ( over 70 million estimated),  I am questioning here what it means to choose spirituality as a focus for one’s  life.  I have the rare opportunity to learn  and compare two traditions: the Wiccan and the Vedic.  The Wiccan tradition goes back 14,000 years, its origins lost in the hazy mists of ancient history. Related to the Isis tradition of Egypt, it is based in the worship of the Goddess, the Mother ...
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Kumbh Mela - Blog Day 5

Posted by Nell Rose Phillips on Saturday, January 19, 2013, In : Kumbh Mela 
January 16th & 17th 2013
Kumbh Mela
Allahabad, India

The last two days so much has happened here at the Kumbh Mela.  Day and night have become indistinguishable, and the combination of rituals, meeting people, and incredible experiences, are becoming a huge swirling fog of experience.

 I am making great contacts from all over the world, and weaving together a partnership of people with many different talents, to join with me on a quest for world peace and saving the resources and beauty of our p...
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Kumbh Mela- First Bathing Day - Blog 4

Posted by Nell Rose Phillips on Friday, January 18, 2013, In : Kumbh Mela 
January 14, 2013
First Auspicious Bathing Day
The Sangam
Kumbh Mela

Today after a simple breakfast of Masala Tea and a hot porridge, I joined in a Sacred Fire Ceremony with Swamijii in preparation to bathe in the Sangam for Makar Sankriti.  Following that, a group of us made up of a few spiritual leaders and some of the ashram's guests, began the journey through the huge crowds of people and down to the river flanked by an escort of yellow robed novices.  There were about thirty or forty such dev...
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Journey to Kumbha Mela - Day 3

Posted by Nell Rose Phillips on Sunday, January 13, 2013, In : Kumbh Mela 
I made my way out of the camp and down the path to the stairway that led to the sangam.  I walked with long haired saints dressed in robes of white and saffron as the music of harmoniums joined with the songs and chants of the people.  Cameras flashed and press recorded, catching the moment for those who could not be present.  A remote miniature helicopter with TV cameras and four sets of spinning blades hovered above us, moving here and there with incredible precision trying to record the un...
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Journey to Kumbh Mela - Day 2

Posted by Nell Rose Phillips on Sunday, January 13, 2013, In : Kumbh Mela 
January 13, 2013   

I am now in Varanasi and preparing to travel to Allahabad and the Kumbh.  Yesterday I was picked up at the airport by Anindo Bhattacharjee from SMS and transported to the Gateway Ganges Hotel.  Varanasi is the oldest continuing city in the world and traveling it's streets is like experiencing all of humanity and its cultures and possibilities in one huge overwhelming rush.  The cars, motorcycles, cows, people, rickshaws, monkeys, and other forms of life are everywhere and ...
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Journey to Kumbh Mela - Day 1

Posted by Nell Rose Phillips on Sunday, January 13, 2013, In : Kumbh Mela 
January 11, 2013

Today began my journey to India and the Kumbh Mela. I started in San Francisco at 3:00AM and have been flying for 14 hours so far. First to New York, an then to Amsterdam. I am now sitting in the airport in Amsterdam, waiting for my flight to Delhi. I have a five hour layover and am tired, but also anxious and excited to reach India.

I am accompanied by my assistant, Dr. Harriet Nettles of Washington, DC, who will journey with me for the first three weeks. Harriet will care for...
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The Road to Helambu:

Posted by Nell Rose Phillips on Saturday, June 11, 2011, In : Nepal 

 

In writing this entry I am reminded that each step of my journey has literally served as a primer for the next.  First the marvel of Kathmandu with it's mix of ancient and modern where temples to primitive monkey gods serve as foundations for giant banyon trees whose branches support a cacophony of bare and twisted buzzing sparking electrical wires that serve as a dangerously pulsing undependable source of energy as lights go on and off unexpectedly throughout the night. And its crazy li...


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Return from Khou Y and on to Borbordour

Posted by Nell Rose Phillips on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, In : Thailand 
Return from Khou Yi: I returned from Khou Yi back to the Dammakaya temple. One of our hosts arranged a wonderful dinner cruise down the river, through the city of Bangkok. After several hours of unbelievable traffic (some people in Bangkok actually build small rooms inside their vehicles to rest or change in). We arrived in the city. The boat was very elegant and the view of the city from the water was spectacular. There are temples all along the shore, and huge beautiful modern buildings tow...
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