My Future Pilgrimages

My trip to Sringeri was life changing. It shifted something inside me and slightly changed the course of my life.While I was watching the Shishya Sweekara a conviction began to take hold and grow within me. I realized that seeing my guru, going to Sringeri, is the most important thing in my life. So far I have gone only when my dad was going. I would tag along on his trips. And I'm so grateful to have been able to do that! It's expensive to get from America to India. But this is my guru … [Read more...]

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Sringeri Week: The Shishya Sweekara

When this trip was first planned it was only to see His Holiness. It wasn't until after we had our tickets and our travel plans confirmed that the Sringeri Math put out a huge announcement...(English subtitles after the Sanskrit)  His Holiness announced that he had found a successor to the title of Shankaracharya and the ceremony that would make him officially next in line would be happening while we were in Sringeri!An amazing coincidence and a once in a lifetime opportunity. There … [Read more...]

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Meet a Guru: Bharati Tirtha

Sri Bharati Tirtha is my parents' guru. He is a Shankaracharya, which means a teacher of the way of Shankara. There are four seats in India for Shankaracharyas, one for each cardinal direction. The seats are not always filled. Sri Bharati Tirtha currently holds the seat in the south of India.A couple of years ago my family and I went to India to visit his ashram in Sringeri.He is quite a young man for a guru, but has gained great respect the world over. I heard a funny story that one of … [Read more...]

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