Mark Tassi

Holistic Health the Way Nature Intended

Category: Spiritual Development

Spirituality and the Raw Food Diet

Harley and Freelee released their Gimme Truth document last week and it has further revealed some of the unrest and division in our fruitarian community. It is obvious that diet and fitness alone is not enough. What are we doing outside that arena to make the world a better place? How are we using that energy? This video attempts to address some of those issues.


The Christ Vibration

As we know, health manifests on several levels, the physical being the most basic. For instance, would one rather be extremely strong and fit in body even to the Olympic level with a feeble or mentally ill mind? Or would one rather have a brilliant mind, yet feeble body. As for myself, I would certainly choose the later, the mind, of course, being more important than the body.

Having said that, would one prefer mental brilliance at the expense of basic scruples or morality? In a dark world, we see this over and over again, the use of mental prowess for selfish, shortsighted ends. Mental fitness is important. Spiritual fitness, however, is trebly important.

How then do we know if we are spiritually fit, and what is more, how do we become spiritually fit or work towards spiritual fitness? My friend,  Chrissie Blaze, some years ago, wrote a book called Workout for the Soul and addressed just that. In it, Chrissie talked about a spiritual way of life which includes spiritual exercises to develop one’s spiritual fitness. In the east, this is called sadhana or spiritual practice, exact, scientific exercises devised to develop and sensitize the human nervous system as well as a code of ethics to live by. Pantanjali, the great yogi and Avatar, devised the Yoga Sutras which became the basis of Raja Yoga, an advanced yoga of mental and spiritual development.

Prayer, too, is another powerful developer of what may be called spiritual fitness.  Prayer, properly and correctly practiced, is an exact science and a powerful way of invoking and transmitting spiritual energy. As per the great Mahatma Gandhi, “Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.”

The human nervous system is an instrument and can, through the application of the scientific methods of yoga, be finely tuned and when finely tuned the sensitivity of which can be greatly enhanced, the sensitized human nervous system still being the most sensitive of all instruments.

In this sensitization process, new vistas open to the aspirant. Synchronicities, so-called, become more and more apparent. One gradually becomes a brighter, healthier bulb in the Cosmic scheme, even if one cannot write one’s own name, even if one cannot walk a step without falling over. We are not human beings who have spiritual experiences, but spiritual beings that have human experiences.

One can only “tune in” with the expenditure of effort. Nothing can be gotten for nothing in this world or any other. I’ve heard of spiritual development referred to as “spiritual woo woo nonsense”. Indeed, there are many fakes and frauds in the spiritual movement, but true spirituality is an exact science!

I had an interesting little experience this Christmas season which I took as a sign of being tuned in. As I said, one can only tune in with the expenditure of effort. This Christmas, I made a particular effort to tune in to the celebration of the great birth. How does one do this? There are many ways. How do I do it? Giving, as a token of appreciation of the birth, I find to be one of the finest ways. But singing, decorating, card giving, these are all fine ways as well. I like to do all these.

This particular experience happened as a “synchronicity” a few days before Christmas. I’d been at Essene Market in Philadelphia with a friend. We went to the food bar. Interestingly enough, my salad weighed .33 pounds and with the 9 cent pair of chop sticks cost $3.30. To the materialist, this may have appeared as a strange coincidence. To the more spiritually-minded, coincidence and chance cannot exist in this or any other world and are words which should be stricken from the English language as they are meaningless. We also know that, in the ancient science of numerology, the number 33 is not only a master number, but represents the Christ Vibration.

What is the Christ Vibration?

As all things in manifestation are in a constant state of movement and therefore have a certain vibration, the Christ Vibration is that state of manifestation which is the embodiment of Divine Love. As such, it is the preservative force which upholds and preserves the entire Universe. The Christ Vibration, the Preserver, is The Son of The Father, which created the Universe.

Numbers too, have certain vibrations. The number, 33, embodies the Christ Vibration. This is probably the reason that Jesus chose the age of 33 to be crucified. He had to choose the exact cosmic moment for the great manipulation which He was to perform for it to have the predetermined and exact effect. It stands to reason that this exact moment would have fallen in His 33rd year.

The Christ Vibration manifests as a very high State of Consciousness. Jesus was the Personification of that State of Being.

It was interesting that this synchronicity should happen during the Christmas season at a market called “Essene”. I took this as a message from the Cosmos that this year, I had, in some small yet significant way, tuned into to the Christ, to the Christmas season.

Have a blessed Christmas season all.

To your health,



Raja Yoga by Swami Vivekananda
Raja Yoga by Swami Sivananda
Age of Aetherius by Kevin Quinn Avery
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Commentary on the Raja Yoga Sutras by Sri Swami Satchidananda
What Were the Occult Secrets of Jesus? by Dr. George King
Christmas, an Aspect of the Cosmic Plan by Dr. George King
Workout for the Soul by Chrissie Blaze

Compassion vs. Nature

I got an email the other day from a friend of mine (our correspondence is reproduced below, I changed her name as she has not given me permission to mention this publically), a wonderful person and well-known fruitarian, about plants and it got me thinking about our motivation for doing what we do, for following the lifestyle that we follow.

As far as this motivating factor is concerned, we basically find two camps: 1) those who follow a plant-based diet for health and well-being, and 2) vegans or those who follow a plant-based diet out of compassion for animals.

My knowledge of plants and the research which has been done has led me to take this analysis to a more philosophical level. That is, do we follow a plant-based diet because of compassion or because it is compatible with our true biological nature?

The metaphysician has for millennia known that all things have feeling, that all things are living, and that all things possess that which can be termed as mind. Without any doubt whatsoever, this is so. It has been shown that certain trees which cannot be transplanted without death resulting can be transplanted successfully after being administered an anesthetic. It has been shown that metal, given an anesthetic before being cut, will last longer than metal cut without the application of an anesthetic.

In order for atoms to maintain a certain pattern of direction that will hold a predetermined order to keep the molecules of a certain matter together in a predetermined pattern of direction and vibration and to create those molecules in the first place requires the presence of mind. This is obvious to any thinking individual.

Anything with mind, therefore, has feeling. Therefore, all things have feeling.

If a rock or a piece of metal, therefore, has feeling, what then would the feeling of a plant be like? One could only imagine that it would be rather tremendous. Why should it be otherwise? The work and research of the great Indian scientist, J.C. Bose, had proven thus, as well as the amazing research which laid the groundwork for the basis of The Secret Life of Plants.

This brings us back to the original question. Do we do what we do out of compassion or out of a deep empathy, a deep understanding of our true biological nature?  In light of the aforementioned, it must certainly be the later.

The vegan, God bless him, does what he does because he has compassion for the animals and that is admirable. In an earlier post, the hellish nature of the factory farm was discussed. But are we to ignore the sentient quality of the rest of God’s creation? The average vegan would have us do so.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if one wants to be truly compassionate in this line and still eat, then one must at least be a fruitarian in that one eats the fruit of the vine and not the vine itself, or the fruit of the tree and not the tree itself, leaving the tree untouched and standing.

I’ve also said it before and I will also say it again, I’ve made enemies saying these kinds of things, that all things have life, that all things have feeling, that all things have Divinity!

Children of God we are, all of us. Divine we are, all of us. We are One. And to think that there is anything in creation without thought, without sentience is to diminish the meaning of God and all that That is, is to diminish the meaning of Oneness and all that That implies, is bring the Glory of God down to a pathetic and imagined level.

If the Heaven on Earth as prophesied is to come to pass, and as sure as God is it must, then certainly must one love and adore all of God’s creatures, including the rocks themselves.

This I surrender as the truth; this I surrender as the very blood which courses through these veins.

To your health,


Dear Mark,
Sorry to hear you got banned from 30Bananas.
I enjoyed your contributions there.

Something that I have been thinking for a while is that vegans can often get really defensive if the subject of plants having feelings comes up.
It is almost as if they feel accused of something.
Since reading ‘The Secret Life of Plants’ my eyes were opened to something.
People used to justify eating and experimenting on animals because they said they did not feel pain or have souls.
And I feel that many vegans discredit the notion of plants feeling anything, in a similar way.

I appreciate that I feel much more upset when I see an animal being killed to a plant being killed. But this is not always the case. For example it pains me more to see a mighty tree felled than an insect squashed.
So it seems to me that sometimes the lines we draw are arbitrary, and there really are no absolutes.

I appreciate that you are on a similar dietary path but you also consider that plants have feelings.

I would like to do a YouTube video on the ethical side of fruitarianism. But I want to try and do it in such a way that I do not get people feeling defensive or feeling judged. But I do want to put forward the idea of plants having a consciousness.

I think just as people often identify more with the fluffy animals rather than the insects because we are mammals, so too do people identify more with animal suffering because we are animals.

Wishing you a Beautiful Day,

Thanks Jane. This is deep insight here. I too was deeply affected by The Secret Life of Plants. As a young vocal student, Stevie Wonder was my idol. At the age of 18, when I got his album, The Secret Life of Plants, that changed everything. I was also a fruitarian for a period because I did not want to harm or kill plants. I still don’t, of course, and may return to that path.

My girlfriend of years ago bought a cut Christmas tree one year. We both were so sad to watch it die. She vowed to never do that again. After Christmas was over, we did not throw the dead tree in the trash. Instead, we took it into the woods to give it a proper “burial”. This year I have a live, growing Christmas tree and it is radiating a wonderful energy. The tree knows that it is loved and adored and is returning its love to me and to everyone in this house. I’m sure even the rocks can feel it.

I am very aware how vegans react to this and I have made myself unpopular on 30bad by speaking of these things. I can only speak the truth as far as I know it Jane and if I get crucified for that, then so be it. The joy of speaking the truth as I believe it to be far outweighs any negative reaction that may come of it. “I’m here to speak the truth, not to be popular,” I would often say.

I look forward to your future videos and seeing you in August at the festival.



The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tomkins
The Secret Life of Plants
by Stevie Wonder
The Seven  Dimensions of Creation
by Dr. George King
Autobiography of a Yogi 
by Paramahansa Yogananda
What Plants Talk About




Sunday last, I attended a Spiritual development workshop at The Aetherius Society in Hollywood. This was led by Reverend Brian Keneipp, executive secretary of The Aetherius Society in Los Angeles and based on the course of pranayama exercises as given by the late Dr. George King in his book, Contact Your Higher Self Through Yoga.

As a practitioner of these ancient breathing exercises for a number of years, the course was an excellent refresher and was suitable for both beginner and experienced alike.

As anyone who lives knows, breath is vital for life. One can live weeks without eating, days without drinking, but only moments without breathing. Of the three then, breath is the most vital.

The ancient Yogis, wise beyond all basic conception, devised exercises to enhance health, not only on the physical plane, but also on the mental and psycho-spiritual planes as well.

As breath controls the entire nervous system, one can, with the correct breathing methods and diligent practice, not only control the physical nervous system, but the subtle nervous systems as well, affecting one’s entire being and vitally enhance the quality of one’s whole life from the basic physical function to the highest spiritual aspiration. And what is more, definite steps towards this can be accomplished in as little as 15 regular minutes per day, and in material terms, a bargain worth its weight in star sapphires!

Let’s have a more detailed look at how this works and why it should be.


Prana is the basis of all life, of all health and well being. Prana, or the Universal Life Force, is the basis of all energy. One cannot have good health without a consistent intake and flow of prana. Food is but one source of this vital foundation. As previously mentioned, as important, or even more important than food, is the air we breathe, the liquid we drink and as important from a spiritual view, the actions we perform and the thoughts we think. With this perspective, diet, then, takes on a much broader concept consisting of all sources of not only energy intake, but the output of energy as well. Prana is a flow of energy, diet, in its broadest sense, being the intake of all aspects of this energy from it various sources. Health, on the other hand, is the result of the proper ingoing and outgoing of prana. As one must breathe in for life, one must also breathe out.

Source of Prana 
All manifestation on Earth is the result of Sunlight. All prana comes from the Sun. There are five major and five minor pranas; each flows from the Sun for 32 minutes each, making for a complete cycle of 160 minutes. It is said that an auspicious time for the practice of pranayama, yoga deep breathing, is 160 minutes, in that an even intake and charge of all the five pranas can be accomplished. An interesting point of note is that modern science has recently discovered that the Sun goes through regular cycles of expansion and contraction lasting periods of exactly 160 minutes. What the scientist discovers today, the Yogi has known for thousands of years, the human nervous system, sensitized by the strict application of Yogic principles, is still the most sensitive of all instruments.
All matter on Earth, then, is but crystallized Sunlight.
How does one charge oneself with this prana? Besides Sunlight, as mentioned previously, the three ways in which prana is accessed is through the breathing, drinking and eating. Of the three, breath is the most important. Again, one can live for several weeks without eating, several days without drinking, but one can survive only a few minutes without breathing.
Deep breathing, then, is one of the finest ways to charge oneself with the Universal Life Force. Good health, both physical and mental, can never be achieved while one fails to breathe deeply. Research has shown the there is a direct correlation between breath and the nervous system. How many times have we “calmed the nerves” by taking deep breaths? Consistent, steady, controlled physical and mental activity can only be achieved while one is breathing deeply. 

Rev. Brian Keneipp discussing yoga concepts with attendees.


To take the principles of deep breathing to the next level requires the scientific application of pranayama or yoga deep breathing. The ancient Yogis devised systems of physical, mental and spiritual development through the control of breath. On the purely physical level, deep breathing oxygenates the blood. Oxygen is required for nutrient absorption and enhanced oxygen boosts the metabolic rate. Converting food to energy requires an alkaline PH and deep breathing helps to increase alkalinity. Deep breathing also helps to move the lymph which in turn results in decreased toxicity by as much as 1500%. Deep breathing calms the central nervous system resulting in greater mental clarity and enhanced physical function and performance. Pranayama breathing exercises are numerous and I will make no attempt here to teach pranayama or give exercises in this space. There are many books on Yoga which contain certain of these exercises. Having said that, one would do well to find a carefully devised course of breathing exercises put together by an experienced Master of yoga. This, however, while certainly available, may not be as easy it would at first seem. I would recommend the booklet, Contact Your Higher Self Through Yoga, by Dr. George King, available through The Aetherius Society.

To your health,


Your Journey Towards Enlightenment

Dr. Richard Lawrence at Your Journey Towards Enlightenment workshop

It is important to remember and worth repeating that we are indeed holistic beings. We are physical, mental, psychic and spiritual beings and it is important to address each of these for our overall well being and holistic health. All of these aspects are important; all of these affect and influence one another. While one of these aspects suffer, all aspects suffer to some degree or another affecting the balance of the well being of the individual and in some ways, in some subtle and some not so subtle ways, affects the entire world on some level, all being related, all being interconnected. Oneness is not a theory, it is a fact!

On Sunday, September 25, 2011, Dr. Richard Lawrence, Executive Secretary of the European Headquarters of The Aetherius Society in London, England, gave a workshop entitled, Your Journey Towards Enlightenment at the American Headquarters of The Aetherius Society in Los Angeles.  Dr. Lawrence based this presentation on the text, The Nine Freedoms, by Dr. George King, Master of Yoga and founder of The Aetherius Society. Dr. Lawrence used the first four Freedoms of this ground breaking text, namely: Bravery, Love, Service and finally Enlightenment.

During the workshop, Dr. Lawrence, not only gave a brilliant yet practical dissertation on each Freedom, but also led the group in certain practices and exercises so that each attendee could experience firsthand a practical aspect of each Freedom. These exercises were very doable and very practical and in some cases produced almost miraculous results witnessed by all in attendance, proving that we are indeed multifaceted beings, the health of which manifests on different octaves of living manifestation addressing all of the aforementioned aspects of one’s health. In fact, I had a quite profound and inspirational experience during the last exercise of the day.

Afterwards, Dr. Lawrence was available for a book signing, a truly wonderful day for all involved.

All this one can say is that the next time Dr. Richard Lawrence is giving a presentation or workshop in your area, don’t miss it!

To your health.