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  • SubGenre:General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:152
  • eBook ISBN:9781941883013

True Hollywood Blockbuster

The Making of Divine Heroes

by Shireen Chada

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Who among us does not love a good story? Who doesn't root for the good guys, despise the villains, and dream, at least in secret, of being the hero? Shireen Chada, with her understated demeanor and quiet, sweet smile, might seem an unlikely teacher of epic-scale heroes, but in this book she proves herself up to the task. She traces for us the parallels between ancient, universal truths and popular movie plotlines to demonstrate how we can, if we choose, undertake our own Hero’s Journey of answering the call, overcoming the obstacles, and emerging victorious with gifts to share. To rise to this challenge we must be willing to see through the illusions, to connect with the Source of our power, and to recognize the patterns and impressions left on us by the many other “movies” we’ve played in before. Shireen breaks it all down for us, how we fall under the spell of “Maya” or illusion, how we cycle through the stages of sattva, rajas, and tamas, and how we can return once again to the purity of soul-consciousness and light. She gives her delightful insights on movies like “The Matrix” and “Avatar” to show us that yes, we are indeed “The One.” The one who wears this body as a costume, The One whose soul is eternal and undamageable, The divine hero whose destiny is to triumph in both the private movie of this life, and the grand epic Movie of all that is life. If you long to discover the divine hero that you are meant to be, this book is the perfect place to begin.
Every society throughout history has looked to great narratives. These narratives reflect and inspire people’s dreams and aspirations, past and present. These stories convey a society’s message to present and future generations. Yet in this timeless process, something new began in the 20th century: we often find great narratives in movies. These movies communicate to us about our society and ourselves–where we have been, what we are doing presently, and where we would like to go. There is only one story, told in myriad ways, and it is the story of the self-discovery of the soul. Shireen Chada leads us through this deep reasoning to brilliant conclusions, demonstrating that it is the “light” in humankind that projects the drama onto the movie screen of experience. We follow the gaze of the author’s most knowing eyes, clear with a lifetime of intentional spiritual living. She calls us to perceive the Source of that light and the lenses through which the universal themes of human drama are reflected, not only in films, but in our lives. This gentle author deftly works in insights from Joseph Campbell and Chris Vogler, great thinkers of myth, which resonate with themes of several compelling movies, “Blockbusters”, of our time. Stunningly, she shows us how these Hollywood Blockbusters illustrate modes of perception–like tinted lenses of the projector. Shireen describes these perceptual modes through the lens of ancient Vedic teachings as sattva, rajas, and tamas: Sattva - a state of “peace, joy, and wisdom . . . the highest and original state of the soul” . . . where the soul knows “exactly what to do.” We see virtuous sattva in the self- forgetting love of the hero and heroine, the steadfast white steed – even the silent emblem of the white hat. Rajas is there, too, as “intense desire”--possessive, acquisitive, passionate, and delusional, yet fascinating. There is at least a touch of rajas in the hero and villain of every drama. The triumph of the character lies in the choices they make as they perceive the world through the lens of the mind. Rajas appears in the conniving villainy of the scoundrel, the desperate panic of the heroine, the driving passion of the delivering hero, and in the emotional response of all of these elements on the audience, as all souls evolve toward greater realization. Tamas is always present, as well–the relentless mechanical onslaught of the train, the cruel ropes twisting in the cold hands of the villain, the serious threat that evil will triumph, plunging the world, or at least some of it, into painful darkness. Tamas keeps us fretting in our seats and rajas urges us out of our seats; sattva brings us to a sense of peaceful resolution as we perceive the Truth of the story: The triumph of virtue, the Soul and the heroic actor’s key role in that victory. This, then is the Divine Hero’s Journey, the True Hollywood Blockbuster. This is the Making of Divine Heroes. It is natural for the awakening soul to enter into the drama with the expectation, “I will triumph.” “In my original state, I am a pure, peaceful soul.” From the recruitment of the “audition” to the forgiveness ritual of the “wrap party,” we are starring in the drama, playing all the roles, and emerging as the “real star.” We realize that the story is being projected--“My life as a Movie.” It is all one story, variously told. From the Gita to “Avatar,” “Star Wars,” “Frozen,” or “The Matrix,” the question of the emerging divine hero is the same, “Am I the One?” The perennial call to the awakening one is also the same, “Arjuna, stand up!” And so it is for an awakening of humankind – once things are seen for what they are, they cannot be “un-seen.” Once shown this Light, we can enjoy the movies as never before.
About the author
Shireen Chada has studied, practiced, and taught spiritual meditation for 20 years. She is the author of 2 popular meditation CDs and a deck of spiritual power cards. Shireen has designed and facilitated workshops and retreats to enable participants to easily embrace the perennial wisdom presented in this book. She is also the presenter on the Release Your Wings TV Show (www.releaseyourwings.net). She leads the Tampa, Florida Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center. Shireen's effective and insightful techniques for spiritual transformation powerfully uplift the soul.