It’s been quite a few years since I attended my first Wesak celebration at Mt. Shasta – a sacred gathering that commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha. I admit that until a few weeks prior to the event, I had never heard of Wesak, let alone understood that its observance at Mt. Shasta is arguably one of the most powerful annual spiritual gatherings held anywhere on this planet. I went simply out of curiosity, wondering why hundreds of people would travel from dozens of countries to a little town in Northern California. Besides, the promotional material I had received from Dr. Joshua David Stone, the author of countless books and articles on ascension, made the event sound like something I’d have been a fool to miss.
The event was to be “hosted on the inner planes by the Cosmic and Planetary Ascended Masters under the specialized guidance of His Holiness Lord Melchizedek, The Mahatma, Archangel Metatron, Archangels Michael and Faith, Archangels Zadkiel and Holy Amethyst, Elohim Arcturus and Victoria, The Goddess of Liberty, Ashtar, The Lord and Lady of Arcturus, The Divine Mother, Lord Buddha, Lord Maitreya, Allah Gobi, Melchior, Helios & Vesta, Mother Mary, Quan Yin, St. Germain, El Morya, Kuthumi, Serapis Bey, Paul the Venetian, Hilarion, Sananda and Djwhal Khul.” The presence of several other stellar “outer plane” luminaries I had long admired was promised as well, and I looked forward to meeting them face to face.
I figured if the event lived up to even half its advanced billing, I’d be in for one of those peak moments that not only etch themselves indelibly into your memory but actually reshape the course of your life. I was not disappointed on either count. Being in the presence of the Heavenly Host of Ascended Masters along with some of the most beautiful and talented speakers, musicians, and fellow lightworkers imaginable was transforming. It gave me a palpable preview of what it might feel like to be encapsulated in light and love and transported into the next dimension, where conflict, greed, and fear no longer exist.
Dr. Stone died last August, and the production reins for the annual celebration are now in the very capable hands of Dawn Fazende, the editor-in-chief of Mt. Shasta Magazine. Wesak 2006 marks the twelfth consecutive year of this event and promises to be a particularly powerful happening. The number twelve, occurring often in many sacred texts, points spiritually to the Congregation of God. It is also the number of the twelve-sided Platonic solid called dodecahedron, considered by many metaphysicians to be the shape of the universe.
Wesak is a three-day worldwide celebration observed when the sun is in Taurus (20 April – 20 May) and the moon is full in the constellation of Scorpio (180 degrees across the zodiac). This year it takes place from May 12 to May 14. The original festival is reportedly still held in the Wesak Valley, some 24,000 feet high in the Himalayas of Tibet. In the USA, this sacred celebration continues to be held at the foot of Mt. Shasta, one of the world’s prime power spots, an energy vortex regarded by some Native American tribes as the home of the Creator, and to this day the locale for many reports of extraterrestrial and spiritual activity.
The space for participants is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis. I am told a few tickets are still available for this year – in the past several years the event has completely sold out. There are precious few gifts I have ever received that match the blessings bestowed on those who gather for this celebration. I will be there to partake in the grace that will be offered so that each of us may in turn share it with the world. I am also honored to be one of the speakers. I welcome the opportunity to spend three days with you at one of the most extraordinary events any of us has ever attended. For more information and to reserve a place, go to: www.wesak.us. If this resonates for you as it does for me, don’t let any obstacle stand in your way – perhaps this is the time to reestablish priorities and recommit to your life’s purpose.
Jean-Claude Gerard Koven is a writer and speaker based in Vilcabamba, Ecuador. He was a featured weekly columnist for the UPI (United Press International) Religion and Spirituality Forum and is the author of Going Deeper: How to Make Sense of Your Life When Your Life Makes No Sense, recipient of both the Allbooks Reviews Editor’s Choice Award and the USABookNews.com Award for the Best Metaphysical Book of the Year.
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