where in the world (2010)

After 5 trips to India I finally made it to the north, to the banks of the Ganges in Haridwar, a city in the foothills of the Himalayas. I was attending the Maha Kumbh Mela, the largest spiritual gathering for Hindus that has gone on for milennia.  Me and about two million of my closest…

Anicca: Help the Fire Victims of Varkala

Life can change in seconds and everything you built can go up in flames in less than 30 minutes.  Fire is a hell of a lesson in anicca, the Buddhist concept of impermanence.  We control nothing. It is rare that I ask people to donate money to any cause but I and a friend in Varkala,…

Spiritual Tour of South India: Proposed Itinerary

It is never too early to start planning and saving for a trip to India, especially if it is your first time. I am using the tour company I used for my trip to Rajasthan this year because I was so happy with their customer service and they have come up with an amazingly awesome…

the bottom line

I returned from India last week dazed and depressed and feeling like I had been deposited onto a different planet.  The fact that the temperature in Chicago was literally 60 degrees colder than what I had experienced for almost three months in South India did not help either.  But here I am for better or…

ch…ch…ch…changes

Happy belated New Year!  May you all be well and happy and peaceful in 2013! This is my first post of 2013 which is amazing to me since I started writing this blog in 2005 before my first trip to India.  But it is also my last post for a while because I will step…

the writing on the wall

Enjoy the silence. A week from today I leave for my 6th trip to Ma India, my longest trip yet, 10 weeks.   My internal alarm clock goes off and my body and mind start buzzing a week before any India trip.  If you’ve been keeping up you already know with whom I’m studying and where…

Happy New Year…to me

The title is tongue-in-cheek.  I wish all my blog readers — and haters, especially the haters — a joyFULL and metta filled New Year and indeed, the same for all of 2012. Looking back over 2011 I learned a lot this year — learned a lot in a somewhat quiet way, not so much in…

pilgrimage

“The obligation to go to “the place which the Lord your God will choose” (Deut. 16:16)” “In religion and spirituality, a pilgrimage is a long journey or search of great moral significance.” “Journey to a shrine or other sacred place undertaken to gain divine aid, as an act of thanksgiving or penance, or to demonstrate…

retro India

Thanks to Nadine I found some cool software that is a free download. If you love the retro look of old Polaroids, say hello to PolaDroid! It’s addicting but fun! Enjoy! (37 more day ’til Ma India!!)addthis_pub = ‘yogagal60510’;

circle of life

“I did not begin when I was born,nor when I was conceived.I have been growing, developing,through incalculable myriads of millenniums.All my previous selveshave their voices, echoes, promptings in me.Oh, incalculable times againshall I be born.”–Jack London I will die in India…. and be reborn in Africa. this I know in my bones. time for old…

because my spirit moves me

…because my 55th year on this planet will be a year of world travel for me….touching ground in 7 countries in 9 weeks…from here to Abu Dhabi to India to either Qatar or Dubai to Kenya to Zanzibar to Tanzania, back to Kenya and then landing somewhere in Europe before flying home…. …because plans are…

random musings: life, connections, India

I read Why India? this morning and left a comment for Braja. I told her that she was preaching to the choir (and thank you, Braja, for posting that awesome pic that I liberated — that little pic says it all for me!) Why India indeed? Braja wrote about it — I listened to a…