Another fast for women

Today is Gouri Vrat (also called Swarna Gowri Vrat in Southern India and Hartalika Vrat in North India. It's a holiday honoring the austerities of Parvati, the mother of Ganesha. Women observe this day by fasting and asking for the blessings of a happy family. Tomorrow is Ganesh Chaturthi, Ganesha's birthday (I'll write more tomorrow about that and him).My family is having a particularly challenging time. The baby has come down with the chicken pox, which may require yet more changes to our … [Read more...]

Bits and bobs from the road

Traveling -any sustained detour from the daily routine- is an effective tool for evaluating one's practice and core beliefs. What elements of practice are vital? What do I make space for when my regular patterns are disrupted? What do I crave? What is essential for stability? What is so loosely tethered in me that I forget about it completely when out of my routine?I am at my inlaws and all is well. Our trip across the Atlantic was uneventful, although my husband and I (with two kids and … [Read more...]

A few of my favorite things

I have to admit: I love Hinduism far more than I expected to. My time with it is two-thirds of the way through (as I write this). I already feel sad that I will have to put much of it on the shelf next quarter. Thankfully the Feri tradition is as open as Hinduism, more or less, so some bleeding will be acceptable.What do I love so much? Let me enumerate the ways!A recent post talked about how Hinduism has a point of entry - a welcome - for everyone. That openness and flexibility feels … [Read more...]

Announcement

Today I will be traveling with my family. We are headed to the United States for a month. We were supposed to have left ten days ago but guess who woke up with chicken pox the day before our departure? My three-year old. Thankfully, my husband and I have both had the pox. My 6 month old daughter is still exclusively breastfed, so chances are good she won't catch it (this time).While I plan to be online, I'm not sure what my availability will be so I have some posts ready to go. I will be … [Read more...]

Shiva

Om namah Shivaya!This is perhaps the best known Hindu chant in the Western world, along side Hare Krishna. Shiva is one of the best known gods, both within and without the Hindu tradition. I first gained familiarity with him through practicing yoga. I must confess that as I write this post on Shiva I fear that I have very little to say. He and I are just getting to know each other. Or, more precisely, since He is the Absolute Ground of Being and is therefore I, my Self, my True Self, that He … [Read more...]

Kali – a post of praise

O Kali Ma, slay the fears that limit my spirit!O Kali Ma, dance upon the grave of my ambivalence!This is a prayer that I pray nearly every morning. Yes, I pray to Kali daily. She is a fearsome deity: fierce in stance and weaponry, staring directly at the viewer with crazy eyes, tongue extended, bold, wearing heads, skulls and fetuses. Kali, the destroyer - of time, of illusion! Kali, loving and fierce mother!There are many places online where you can get the full story of Kali. … [Read more...]

A Review of Eat Pray Love – the movie

I had one surprisingly quiet evening to myself over the weekend. My husband was up in Edinburgh to see his good friend perform a one man show at the Edinburgh Fringe Fest. The children went down easily, so I made a little dessert for myself (hand-whipped cream with a dash of vanilla, some banana, and a spoonful of honey - divine) and put on a movie. I decided to watch Eat Pray Love - a pretty film, not requiring deep thought, and with a loosely Hindu theme. Also, Julia Roberts is easy on the … [Read more...]


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