Dušan M.Z. Badovinac is the initiator and leader of the Institute for Healthy Living, which handcrafts the famous purified butter called Golden Ghee. The brand that is recognizable by the logo with a happy cow is highly ecological, while every jar of butter is hand-made, according to special procedures.
The guiding principle in the creation of this precious food is the deep and lasting respect for Mother Nature.
1) How would you describe yourself in a couple of words?
I am just a bundle of energy, flying together with the gravity of the Earth, like a pea in a large pot of minestrone, our universe, which is affected by all of this. I constantly change according to periods. I am like a description of an apple, which can be either long or simple. Even the height of Mount Everest is relative, when viewed from the annual level, as it oscillates and grows. Everything changes through periods, while life is a game with figures of spontaneity, order and chaos.
2) What was your life path like?
I am a native ofBelaKrajina and have been evolving and developing in Ljubljan for many years. I grew up through the work at the farm, in contact with plants, soil, animals, and interesting, 'natural' human beings. My childhood and youth can be described as a puzzle of continuous trials, as a kind of a chess game up to the present. I am learning and experiencing, practicing and drawing from books, my own tests and experiments. As a starting point I often use articles, video clips or documentary studies on vibrations and their application. I appreciate and I am grateful to all those who have found themselves on my way of creating as some kind of switches thatsometimes, with just a few words, trigger a surge of new creations in reality.
I gained the skills and knowledge from the teachers of the world from various literatures, and especially from experience. My work in recent years is dedicated to the old and new sound. Gong as a transcendental tool from the ancient kings of the East and other pristine sound sources; Didgeridoo, SlovakianFujara, planetary gongs, Shruti box, Sansula, different flutes and whistles, Himalayan pots and other sound sources are my means ofpurifying old energy patterns and the centre for co-creation of a new consciousness and awareness about human bio-field –about the space and re-connection with the intelligence of nature. I operate similarly to natural water, which is the basis for balanced performance and stay on Earth. The events I conduct are holistic creations, suitable for every view. I developed by the side of the elder and master of gong and KundaliniKriya of yoga, Don Conreauxfrom New York and others. I cooperate and am friends with various artists of recording, perceptions, recognition, movement ... and with artists of different genres, cultures and types of vibrations of genuine and substantial sound. In addition to Gong concerts and Gong training, I also lead the Green Goblin Water workshops for children and youth where we learn about how water, noise and ecology are interconnected. With the help of colleagues, I have also created the Institute for Healthy Living where we produce exceptional nutritional products, called Golden Ghee. My role at the institute is worker, founder and director.
3) Your Institute for Healthy Living prides itself with the symbol of a happy cow. How did you get the idea, what does the brand represent and who are your customers?
Alongside the awareness of the fact that those who make up the quality of the society are women or mothersand that, among other things, their primary task is feeding children and people,I was so inspired that I started doing this honourable work with this essential product. All the food - butter and spreads – that we prepare is enriched with sound, because music is playing constantly during the cookingwhich takes up to at least 48 hours. Each pot is also given directed and tuned vibrations of different instruments, even before the food is put into jars. The initial concept that we set with the co-founder Goranyears ago is developing through time, acquiring and growing, a holistic picture is emerging and we therefore like to use the word 'Holos'.
The term Ghee itself carries a deeper explanation; Ghṛta (ghee) is derived from the Sanskrit term Proto-Indo-European 'ghrei' which means 'to anoint'. From the classical Greek use the term then developed into Hristos, meaning the anointed or covered in oil and was used to translate the Hebrew word ‘Messiah’ (the anointed) and developed into the Latin 'Christus' and the English 'Christ'. Christ is thus a title that comes from the Greek ‘Christos’, meaning ‘the anointed one’ and is the translation of the Hebrew word 'Messiah'.
Our cow is black and white, like day and night, like yin and yang. It is happy and free and carries a tuned bell in which there is a water crystal of gratitude. Cows sometimes represent the incarnation of 500,000 deities or vibration spectra, as one cow alone can feed an entire family. The cow is also a transformer betweennature and food that is consumed. Along with the term 'Ghee' they create the logo with the story about the 'essence of nature'. Our existence in society is definedby everything that we share. By that I primarily mean how and with what we express ourselves, thereby creating identity. It is not us who are changing the world, but the information that wespread and share. In terms of Facebook,we could say ‘It is all about what we share.’The work on ourselves in terms of all aspects of expression leads us to skills which in turn have an impact on each of our products. We thus create products with a wide spectrum of application that transmit several messages and a lot of vibration.
Nowadays it is as ifin a way we vote every day; with the wallet. The customers and buyers are the ones who can and know, because they sense or spontaneously recognize and choose. These are people who appreciate health, gourmets, connoisseurs of Ayurveda or parents that want only best for the development of their children, as well as manufacturers of natural creams, lovers of the natural and last but not least, all the supporters of our stories.
4) What life principles do you follow?
The basic principle that is not easy to maintain is the balance in all areas and activities of each day. We have a scoop of gold and a scoop of time, but for a scoop of gold we cannot buy a scoop of time. Every day I devote some time to breathing, water, food, movement andcompany. All of this allows human existence and conscious inputs in these few minutes move us from existing into life. I am aware of the E-energy that creates reality. It is formed byM-ass of people and C-omprehensive mentality of people 2 squared. In order to maximize quality development, I follow a short recipe with abbreviations - v.o.d.a (water); V for vision, O for decisiveness, D for consistency and A as in amen (which in Latin means ‘to assure’). These are also the steps to mastery in any field.
5) What does Ljubljana mean to you, when did you come here and why? What do you particularly like about Ljubljana and what else would you like here to be?
I was born in Novo mesto and grew up in Belakrajina. Ever since I can remember, there has been a desire in me to live in Ljubljana, a wish that was realized by enrolment in the university. I especially like the cleanlinessof Ljubljana, greenery and security, and in particular that it is not very high-tech or cyber. My favourite is the Central Market, then the route to the Botanical Garden, along the Ljubljanicariver up to the castle, across Rožnik and then back through Park Tivoli. Ljubljana is otherwise the capital of Slovenia and the centre of the country with a very unique position and land structure, seen both from global and energy point of view, the evidence of which are all the numerous churches. Ljubljana is a place that is co-created by all residents and visitors, from the mayor down, so the only thing I would wantis a little more unity and awarenessof power of co-creation of this area.
6) You come from Bela Krajina. What was life like in your area, compared to life in Ljubljana?
I spent my childhood, until university, living in the southern highlands or JugorpriMetliki. My grandfather was a caterer Badovinac and multi-instrumentalist, and grandmother a true farmer on a large estate where I grew up and learned, while my mother and father were true beauties, named Duška and Dušan. In Belakrajina life is more natural and less industrial. A lower pace can be felt, because many are unemployed and there is less consumerism. Fengshui and the distribution of natural phenomena (hills, valleys, river...) is different there, which is why the feelings and conditions are different, energy is entering and pouring away differently. But everything is just right for the current period. In Ljubljana, on the other hand, there is more play as well as competition, the number of daily processes is considerably higher, which is why man here experiences gravity and time differently. Because Ljubljana is the capital of trees, I love it even more, andlife here with my dog Tara is a true pleasure.
7) Plans and aspirations for the future?
A sweet spread and completely natural, nourishing moisturizing cream will come out soon. We will also produce ice cream and natural potato chips,support and establish asylums or reserves for disused cows where they can experience natural death, and build the first butter cellar in Europe, where the butter that we produce will mature. Next to it we will put a few acres of swings for rocking among the cows. We will also starta line of butter, cooked on logs on special cosmic days andmake a program to open franchises across European mountain areas, where there is plenty of free grazing cows and thus enough raw material for the creation of top quality 'butter'. In any case, we will remain a model of harmonious dedication to flora and fauna, land and people.
Prepared by: Urška Košir