Category India

SHIVARATRI AND SHARATH’S CONFERENCE 23.2.14

This Thursday night is Shivaratri, a night devoted to worship of the “renegade” god Shiva, who is considered to be the lord of yogis. According to Hindu mythology it is believed that Shiva married his consort Parvarti on this night and also manifested himself as a lingum to show that there was no beginning or […]

EXPLORING DOWNTOWN AND SHARATH’S CONFERENCE 16.2

Today I went down to the Devaraj markets with my friend Megumi to look through a market stall stocked with beautiful framed vintage deity photos. I’ve been to the markets countless times but they never loose their appeal for me. What stands out probably even more than the colours and noise are the smells, from […]

THE YOGA OF DRIVING

“Slowly, slowly, brake!” These were the words of advice from Kumar the rickshaw driver when he saw me earlier this week on a scooter for the first time. He also said, “Madam, full traffic – no!” The instruction wasn’t dissimilar to what I have been hearing Sharath say to his assistants when adjusting the numerous […]

HOME COOKING AND SHARATH’S CONFERENCE 9.2.14

I enjoyed yesterday’s conference by Sharath (see the notes below) – particularly a saying he mentioned that I hadn’t heard before. When talking about family difficulties he said that in his local language of Kannada they say “every dosa has holes but in some houses the pans have a hole!” Not exactly sure what it means […]

Sunset at Chamundi Hill and Sharath’s Conference 2.2.14

I’ve just finished the first week in Mysore and as always it’s been full of memorable experiences. The first practice in the Mysore room instantly confirms why I come back here each year. My mind is steady and focused, the body is energised and there is nothing like being back in the presence of my […]

SALAH AND SAINTHOOD

It seems I have a penchant for religious festivals. Recent events in Dubai have reminded me of this eccentricity and to be honest I am wondering what is next! A recent chain of events started with my first “iftar” breaking of fast. I hadn’t actually fasted, but in Dubai that is no barrier to rolling […]

FIRST VISITOR

Not yet one month into my “living-in-Dubai” adventure and I have already had my first visitor! Megumi Kato from Japan stopped in for a week on her way back to Sydney after almost six months in India. Well it wasn’t really on her way back, more like a detour, as she had to fly via […]