I managed to watch some episodes of " An Idiot Abroad " featuring Karl Pilkington on my Air Canada flight from LAX to Toronto. The whole premise of the series was to send a myopic individual like Karl to document his experiences in the modern day 7 Wonders of the World. His acerbic musings on his visits to China & India were actually quite insightful & amusing. My personal take on Toronto has not changed. It is a cosmopolitan melting pot of people from all over. It has the best Thai restaurants ( Golden Thai especially ) in North America. As a resident commented yesterday after our meeting , " It's like New York without all that stuff ... without a visible homeless population , great recycling programs & trash management , public transportaion ,a booming real estate market . "
Thanks to the Ashtanga Yoga New York site for the heads up regarding a panel discussion to be conducted at Princeton University on March 24th as one of its Yoga Week 2011 events.
The Politics of Yoga : A Panel Discussion with Dr. Edwin Bryant ( Ruthers University ) , Dr. Virginia Cowen ( CUNY ) , Sheetal Shah ( Hindu American Foundation ) , Eddie Stern ( Ashtanga Yoga NY ) , Tara Stiles ( Strala Yoga ).
Thursday , March 24 / 7 PM. , Princeton University McCormick Hall 101. Free Admission. Open to All.
Yoga Week 2011 is brought to you by the Princeton University Yoga Council. Co-sponsored by the Princeton Yoga Club , Princeton Hindu Satsangam , Office of Religious Life , Princeton Hindu Life Program , Campus Recreation , Princeton Buddhist Student Group among others.
Thanks to LokaramDas for uploading this sublime vdo of Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits singing Sri Chaitanya's Siksastakam. I attended the Gaura Purnima celebration at the LA temple this afternoon ; and I am still buoyed by the beautiful abishek , aratis & kirtan. There is an immense difference in kirtan as a component of worship & offering to the Lord & that of an impersonalist & ignorant performance at some studio. Nannam akari bahudha nija -sarva-shaktis...
This Saturday is Gaura Purnima , the divine appearance day of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Gaura Purnima means "Golden Full Moon",a reference to Sri Chaitanya. He pioneered the ecstatic sankirtan movement in India and was a proponent of Bhakti Yoga over 500 years ago. Sri Chaitanya left behind a prayer in 8 verses called the Siksastaka. Obrigado to denisecostagopala for posting this vdo of it being sung beautifully at Nova Gokula Brasil.
I met with Kayoko M. & the LA component of the Yoga Gives Back team this afternoon to discuss an upcoming benefit. As Kayoko is originally from Tokyo , I mentioned to her how the global media was taking note of Japan's grace under fire.
She replied that the word used to denote that trait is " gaman " or preserverance. As children growing up , it is instilled in them via their parents & school system.
As the Japan Times defines it , " In Japanese , the word " gaman " means the display of calm forbearance and poise in the face of adverse circumstances beyond one's control. "
& Thank you very much to The Un-Ashtangi from NYC for the maha post on my teacher : " serious practice with serious teachers in a serious environment " .
Chapter 16 , Verse 6 : " The transcendental qualities are conducive to liberation , whereas the demoniac qualities make for bondage. Do not worry O son of Pandu , for you are born with the divine qualities. "
Purport by Srila Prabuphada : " Lord Krsna encouraged Arjuna by telling him he was not born with demoniac qualities. His involvement in the fight was not demoniac , as he was considering the pros and cons.
He was considering whether respectable persons such as Bhisma and Drona should be killed or not , so he was not acting under the influence of anger , false prestige or harshness.
For a ksatriya , a military man , shooting arrows at the enemy is considered transcendental , and refraining from such a duty is demoniac.
Therefore , there was no cause for Arjuna to lament. Anyone who performs the regulative principles of the different orders of life is transcendentally situated . "
Via the AYNY Home Page : " Chris Bren and Picture Farm Productions very generously have made a mini-doc about the Broome Street Temple, to help spread awareness that there is indeed a functioning Hindu Temple in NYC, open to all, and to help raise funds to keep the temple operating." I've been blogging about the growing shift back towards the classical / traditional origins & practices of Hatha & Bhakti Yoga. Here is a vdo that shows what this is journey is all about. Dhanyavad Eddie -